Charles Edward Lawler (1919 - 2015)

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Charles Edward Lawler, 96, of Morton, formerly of Vandalia, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, with military rites accorded by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia and VFW Post 9770 of Brownstown. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: First Presbyterian Church of Vandalia. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mr. Lawler was born on Nov. 12, 1919, in Vandalia, the son of James Andrew and Bessie May (Stout) Lawler. He married Glenda Meredith on April 1, 1948, in Vandalia.
He graduated from Vandalia High School in 1937, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. In 1971, he was presented with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Vandalia Jaycees in recognition of his many years of work in youth activities in the Vandalia Community, and in 1994, he was inducted into the Vandalia Community High School Hall of Fame as a member of the 1936 varsity basketball team.
Charles retired from working as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Vandalia and Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Nancy Jane Lawler Meyer of Mapleton; son, Thomas Charles Lawler and his wife Doris of Davenport, Iowa; grandchildren, Meredith Meyer Hendel of Mapleton, Michelle Meyer Messman and her husband Chad of Mapleton, Gretchen Lawler of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Todd Lawler and his wife Rachel of Davenport, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Wyatt Hendel, Kallie Hendel and Riddick Messman of Mapleton and Mya Lynn Lawler of Davenport, Iowa; and great-stepgrandchildren, Conner and Taylor Messman of Mapleton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Granville, Sidney, Philip and Harold.

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Published in The Leader-Union from Nov. 28 to Dec. 9, 2015
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