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Charles McSurley Jr.

July 13, 1931 — May 14, 2023


Charles McSurley Jr.

Charles McSurley Jr

July 13, 1931-May 14, 2023

Charles McSurley Jr., 91, of Kingsbury, Indiana, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 14, 2023 at Northwest Health La Porte.

He was born July 13, 1931 in Emma, Kentucky, the son of Charlie and Emmie (Campbell) McSurley.

Charles worked as a coal miner and on May 29, 1959, in Drift, Kentucky, he married Yvonne (Stambaugh).  Together they moved to this area in 1961 where he worked on an egg farm in the KOP.  He then got a job working for Cargill, running the feed mill until retirement. Charles was a member of the New Hope Baptist Chapel in La Porte, where he served as a Deacon and taught bible study on Wednesdays. Charles loved the outdoors where he found joy in fox hunting, mowing the grass, gardening vegetables and fishing with nephews Rodney and Gary. He was a passionate story teller, a wood worker who built many bird houses and an avid Cincinnati Reds baseball fan. Charles greatest love was serving the Lord and spending time with his precious grandkids.

Along with his wife of 64 years, who he lovingly called Von, he is survived by his two daughters, Emma Renee (Jeff) Dowell of La Porte, IN, Sheila McSurley of La Porte, IN; two sons, Keith (Jennifer) McSurley of Hamlet, IN, David (Jen) McSurley of La Porte, IN; sister, Naretta Howell of Tippecanoe, IN; 12 grandchildren, Matthew, Leslie, Taylor, Cruz, Justin, Ashley, Dalton, Addison, Nathan, Madilyn, Miles, Micah; and seven great-grandchildren, Elijah, Paxton, Brian, Lincoln, Nelsa, Nina, and Aiden.

Charles was preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Spears, Stella Mae Lafferty, Ruby Bates, Francis Alley, Charity McSurley and brothers, Herman and Thermin McSurley.

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN. A graveside service and interment will take place at Kingsbury Cemetery at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 18, 2023, with Pastor Monroe Jones, New Hope Baptist, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Riley Children's Hospital, 705 Riley Hospital Drive Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 5501 North Cumberland Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60656.

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