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Charles Michler

MICHLER Charles Harris, 92, died on Oct 23 following a courageous battle against Parkinson disease and other illnesses. The son of Charles and Mona Louise Scrivner Michler and a lifelong resident of Lexington, he was a retired arborist and owner of Michler Tree Specialists. He was a graduate of University High School and University of Kentucky, and attended Ohio State University. He served in the US Army Medical Corp during WW II. He was a UK Fellow and member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and a past member of Pyramid Club, the Lexington Club, and Idle Hour Country Club. A lifelong member of Christ Church Cathedral, he enjoyed serving on the Vestry and the garden and cemetery committees. He earned a 50 year perfect attendance pin as a Lexington Rotary Club member. Besides the determination he displayed during illness, Charlie had a strong work ethic. He financed his college education with the income from his Jersey dairy. He was a strict disciplinarian and worked toward the goal of educating his children well so they would be independent like himself. For decades he grew a large garden-the lima bean harvest being his biggest joy. He loved his old home place on Richmond Road and the rock fence that defined it. An avid follower of UK football and basketball and the Cincinnati Reds, Charlie was also a serious bridge player and in his latter days he enjoyed bingo. His love for trees endured and during the final weeks of his life, he worried about a diseased tree he could see outside his residence. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jane Blount Michler; three children, Louise Brown (Duke deceased), Janie Wills (Zeke) and Charles Harris Michler Jr. (Karen); two grandchildren, Charlotte Brown-Zalewa (Donald) and Adam Brown (Rosie); and great-grandson, Dalton Zalewa. Visitation will be 10am Saturday at Christ Church Cathedral with the memorial service at 11am and burial afterwards at the Lexington Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, 40507; Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, 40504; or Parkinson Support Group, PO Box 4424, 40544. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Main St. is in charge of arrangements.


Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Oct. 25, 2013
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