Charles Willis Leffler, 76, of Okeechobee, Florida, went to be with the Lord at 7:48 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2017, in Okeechobee with his wife and all of his sons by his side.
Born Nov. 3, 1940, in Nashville, he was the son of Virgil and Thelma Bay Leffler, both of whom preceded him in death. On July 25, 1961, he married his soulmate, Connie Marie Bowden, who survives.
Charlie served as a deputy sheriff in Brown County before joining the Indiana State Police in September 1966. He served for 34 years, retiring in November 2000. He was a 50-year member of the Masons and a past master of Jackson Lodge 146 and Order of the Eastern Star 134 in Seymour. He also was a member and deacon of Okeechobee Christian Church and former member of Seymour Christian Church.
He loved spending time with all of his family, fishing, hunting and listening to bluegrass music. He was a man of many talents and a “Mr. Fix It.”
Besides his wife of almost 56 years, survivors include three sons, Doug (Shasta) of Ocala, Florida, Dan (Barb) of Freetown and David (Denise) of Seymour; five grandchildren, Korbin, Jarred (fiancée, Alyson Rohlfing), Blake, Ethan and Maggie; great-grandchildren, Clark and Ingrid; a brother, James (Phyllis) of Columbus; and a sister, Mary Ann of Rushville.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Freddie, and a granddaughter, Katie.
Pastor Bill Weaver will lead a celebration of life at 4 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Life Celebration Centre in Seymour.
Jackson Lodge 146 will conduct a Masonic service at 1:30 p.m., and afterwards, friends can visit with family until the time of service. The Indiana State Police Honor Guard will be present to honor Charlie.
Memorials may be made in Charlie’s honor to Okeechobee Christian Church.