Charles Henry Weiler
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother Charles Henry Weiler (also known as Chuck and Uncle Buddy), passed away on January 4, 2018, of kidney failure, having just celebrated his 86th birthday.
He was born to Charles Norman Weiler and Emma Catherine Williams, on Dec 28, 1931 in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was raised on a small peninsula in the town of Nahant, which is only about 2 miles square. The costal shore of the Atlantic Ocean was his home and playground. One day a small rowboat washed up after a storm, and he and his friends fixed it up and used it for a long time. When he went swimming in the ocean, he always wore long sleeve shirts and a hat because of his light complexion and his red hair.
As a high school boy he was fond of cars and motorcycles, much to the dislike of his parents.
He served in the US Army from Oct 1952 to Oct 1954 in Germany. It was during the Korean War and the first half of the alphabet of his unit went to Korea and the last half went to Germany. He went to Breckenridge Kentucky in the Airborne 101 division. During this training whenever he had a moment in daylight or by candlelight or flashlight at night, he would be engrossed in reading the Book of Mormon.
He attended church services in a branch there and brother Charles Peter Warnick baptized him. He received the Aaronic Priesthood in 1953 by Bruce William Maxwell in the Kentucky West District.
When he was discharged from the Army in 1954, he took advantage of the GI Bill and he attended BYU and graduated in 1958, with a degree in Social Work. He worked for the State of Utah for 28 years.
He married Joan Martha Searcy on Feb 12, 1964, in the SL Temple by Elder Thomas S. Monson. Joan was working at the Deseret News Press where Brother Tom Monson was the manager at the job press. Chuck proposed to Joan in late September 1963, and then when Brother Monson was ordained as an Apostle at October 1963 General Conference, Joan marched right into his office and asked if he would marry them in February and he said a resounding “yes”. Several years later when Chuck was able to adopt Mark and David from her former marriage, he was able to seal them to Chuck and Joan also.
He lived a life of service. He accepted every calling willingly and with a glad heart to be serving the Lord. He served as Scout Master for several years and then as Ward Mission Leader, a calling he dearly loved. He was the Coordinator for church services at Infinia Care Center for 7 and a half years. The residents there loved to see him every Sunday and he loved going there. When he was working for the State of Utah, there was a period when they offered “flex” time. He took advantage of this for 3 years and worked in the SL Temple Baptistery and Recommend Desk every week for 10 years. This was a special time for him as he made many friends there. At the same time he worked with the Special Needs Mutual for 8 years as well as at the Welfare Square soap factory for 1 year.
He and his wife served an LDS mission to Canada Toronto East Mission from May 2002-Oct 2003. Before leaving for the mission field, he was a volunteer for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. The mission was a growing time for him and he learned many new skills as the “Car Czar” helping the young Elders and Sisters learn how to care for the cars they were assigned. These young Elders and Sisters, as well as the Mission President and his wife along with the other senior missionaries loved him for his humor.
After retirement when Joan wanted to travel the world he didn’t want to go. He would tell people that he finally repented and then just loved to travel and see the wonderful world out there. He ended up visiting 42 countries as well almost all of the USA. While traveling in France we found an LDS Chapel in Versailles where we attended services. None of us spoke French, however, they made us feel so welcome with their outpouring of love and loving spirit. He felt such an overwhelming spirit that his physical body was so profoundly touched and he knew without any doubt that the Church was true and he always remembered vividly that feeling.
Building the cabin in Tollgate Canyon was a great thing for our family and he so enjoyed taking everyone snowmobiling and tubing down the driveway with them. We all enjoyed playing games and doing puzzles there. He especially loved to be working on a puzzle going both at home and at the cabin at all times.
He is survived by his wife and children: Mark J, David Alan (Amanda), Annette Hubley, Jill, Todd Charles, and Timothy John, 16 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren. He is survived by his only sibling, Louise Harper of Lynnfield, Massachusetts.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services will be held on Sat, Jan 13, 2018, at 10:30 am at the Ridgedale Chapel, 3400 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. There will be viewing on Friday night 6:00-8:00 pm at the Memorial Holladay~Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 S Highland Dr. Also, a viewing will be held before the services on Sat 9:30-10:30 am at the chapel.
Interment will be in Elysian Burial Gardens 1075 E 4580 S.
Special thanks to the Wasatch Kidney Specialists: Terrance Bjordahl and Zee Biyvic for their tender loving care.