Charles P. Silas, age 85, died March 7, 2014, at the home of his daughter with family at his side. Chuck, formerly of Mason, Michigan was the son of the late Dr. John Ross and Helen Silas Supowit. Chuck was an avid cyclist, reader and nature lover. He had a great love of music of all genres and instilled this love in his children and grandchildren. Chuck graduated from Duke University after serving his country in the United States Marine Corps. After moving to Michigan, he worked first as an elementary school teacher, then went to work with the Michigan Department of Education as a consultant in early childhood education. He also did graduate work at Michigan State University, and was a long time Spartan fan. Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara and his youngest daughter, Judy. He is survived by his daughters, Theresa Campbell (Dale) of Shelbyville, Helen Silas (Dean Ohren) of Ionia, MI, Mary Wright (Paul) of Tawas City, MI, and Frances Silas of Shelbyville. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Mollie Sammons (Matt), Brenna Moskala (Robert), Nicholas Campbell, Michael Wright, Charlie Wright and Jake Silas. He was delighted with his five great-grandchildren, Jack, Aron, and Sydney Sammons and Abby and Will Moskala. A private memorial service is planned for later this summer. Memorial donations may be made in his name, Charles P. Silas, to The Nature Conservancy in Michigan. (Nature.Org/tributes, or TNC in Michigan, 101 East Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906.)
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Published in The Sentinel-News from May 23 to May 30, 2014