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Charles Riley, 92, of Pompton Plains, NJ, formerly of Elmhurst, IL passed away on October 18, 2013.
Born in Winchester, TN, Charles was the son of Felix and Ova Renegar. He proudly served in the US Navy during WWII from 1942 to 1946 as a Pharmacist Mate. After returning home he became a registered pharmacist and worked in Pharmaceutical Sales for Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, IL until his retirement in 1983. He was a third degree Mason, a member of the Medinah Shriners, a local chapter member of the Illinois Pharmaceutical Association, a member of the Chicago Veterans Druggist Association and was past president of the International Torch Club. Prior to moving to New Jersey, Charles was extremely active in the Yorkfield Presbyterian Church in Elmhurst, IL.
Charles was a generous supporter of the University of Illinois and he established the Charles Renegar Family Endowment Fund. This fund awards a scholarship to a veterinary medicine student each year.
Charles was an avid vegetable gardener most of his life. He enjoyed fishing and golfing until he could no longer swing a club. In addition to his other interests, Charles was an avid reader and historian. Even with the loss of his eyesight from macular degeneration, he continued reading every day with the help of a special machine or with books on tapes. He loved a good discussion of current events.
Charles is survived by his son, Wayne and his wife Sandra; his daughter, Patricia Renegar-Fay and her husband Patrick; his sister, Bettye Margaret Bell and her husband Paul; and his grandchildren, Daniel and his wife Carol, Emily, Molly, Hannah, Casey and her husband Brendan, Dakota and Travis. Charles was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Chrysanthe, in 2012.
A funeral service will be held at Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Winchester, Tennessee on Saturday, October 26, 2013 under the direction of the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Winchester, TN (www.moorecortner.com). Burial will follow at Harmony Cemetery, Winchester.
In lieu of flowers people may make a donation to Feeding America (www.feedingamerica.org), P.O. Box 96749, Washington, D.C. 20090-6749 or a
Published in The Record/Herald News on Oct. 22, 2013