Charles Vernon Lyerla, 87, of Troy and formerly of Granite City, passed away at 1:59 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice House in Edwardsville.
He was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Eldorado, the son of the late Charles B. Lyerla and Ruth (Kanady) Beasley. He married Wanda (Emmons) Lyerla on Oct. 28, 1948, in Pocahontas, Ark., and she survives.
Charles retired in 1988 from Granite City Steel after 45 years of dedicated service as a mechanical foreman. The World War II veteran proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 1177 in Pontoon Beach and a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Troy and a former member of Grace Baptist Church in Granite City. He enjoyed his days of playing golf, fishing and traveling. He will be remembered for the love and cherished times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of 66 years, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Mary Lou Lyerla of Granite City and Randy and Tina Lyerla of Troy; three grandchildren, Megan Lyerla of Edwardsville, Jesse Lyerla of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Candice Jones of Portland, Ore.; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ruth Beasley; and grandfather, Sam Kanady.
In celebration of his life, a private family service will be held. In honor of his the care of his doctors, he requested his body to be donated to Washington University School of Medicine. Memorials may be made to Relais Bonne Eau Hospice House in Edwardsville. More information is available at www.irwinchapel.com.