Charles L Pixler, 87, of Defi- ance, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.
He was born on Dec. 23, 1925, to Clifford and Zelpha (King) Pixler in Defiance.
On Feb. 24, 1951, he married Susan (Ellsworth) Pixler.
Charles was a WWII US Navy veteran honorably serving his country in the South Pacific.
He graduated from Defiance College and continued his studies at Bowling Green State University, where he received his master’s degree in education.
He was school teacher and principal at Slocum Elementary School/Defiance Junior High School. He also taught sociology and physiology at Northwest State College in Archbold.
Charles helped start the YMCA in Defiance and was a former director. A founding member of the Skylark Club. He was a 60-year member of the Elks and a member of VFW Post 3360, Defiance.
He refereed basketball games and wrestling matches. He coached and played on the Defiance High School football team and played on the Defi- ance College football team.
Lou also coached the oldtimer’s football team, Pixler’s Pirates.
Charles is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Susan; sons, Jim (JoAnn) Pixler of Cincinnati, Tom Pixler of Defiance, John (Linda) Pixler of Petersburg, Mich., Dave Pixler of Defiance, Steve (Lori) Pixler of Westminster, Md., Paul (Tammy) Pixler of Defiance; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jack (Gwen) Pixler of Lehigh Acres, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William “Bill” Pixler; and a sister, Phyllis King Carr.
Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Monday, June 24, 2013, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with Deacon Jeff Mayer officiating. Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, where military honors were accorded by VFW Post 3360. The Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, was entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to the Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center, www.ComHealthPro.org, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.