Charles Kirklen
1935 - 2019
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was born September 10th, 1935 in Chicago Illinois to the late Leonard and Evelyn Dorsey Kirklen. He graduated from Calumet High school in Chicago, IL. Charles retired from U.S. Steel in 2000 after working for 40+ years. He loved a well-manicured lawn and planting flowers in his garden. Charles was preceded in death by sons, Douglas, Calvin and Carl Kirklen; brothers; David, Fred and Omar Kirklen; sisters, Juanita Richardson, and Vivian Clemmons. He departed this life on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at Methodist Hospital Northlake. He leaves to cherish and celebrate his life, his loving wife Janet Kirklen, son Charles (Gwen) Kirklen Jr. daughters Cathy Walker, Carol Nunn (Koko), Michelle Miller, Navinia Kirklen, and Samantha Kirklen, brothers; Joseph Kirklen, Thomas (Helen) Kirklen, sisters; Mary Kirklen, Carolyn (Richard) Anderson and Charlean Harris and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Visitation Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 9- 11:00 a.m. with funeral services to follow at 11:00a.m. all services at First Baptist Church 626 West 21st Avenue. Rev Dr. Timothy F. Brown Officiating. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery.

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Published in Post-Tribune on May 22, 2019.
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October 14, 2020
I remember him , his son Carl kirklen graduated with me in Gary, Indiana. I graduated from Horace Mann High School , class 1978. He was so handsome and nice just like his father. I no longer live in Gary, both I do have some family still there . I believe that his mother worked at the Gary Post Tribune . Great family and he was a sharpe dresser just like his father. So sorry to hear about Mr. Charles Kirklen . I had an older brother named Charles Lee , who passed away when he was only 24 . I remember Carl had enlisted in the Marines. Such a beautiful family and Mr. Kirklen kept his lawn well kept. I was just thinking about Carl and came upon his father's passing. They were also so smooth . My condolences to the Kirklen family . So sorry for your lost . ❤
Patricia Grady
May 25, 2019
I love you Grandpa! Always:)
May 24, 2019
RIH Mr Kirklen, you will be deeply missed and uiy smile will last forever! My deepest condolences to the family as well! Kia
May 23, 2019
Sorry to hear about my old friend passing , my condolences to the his wife and family.
Shirley Robinson
2301 W. 9th. Avenue
Gary, Indiana 46404
Shirley Robinson
May 22, 2019
I was sadden to hear of my long time friend , Chuck is now with the Lord my condolences are with his wife and family.
Shirley Robinson
2301 W. 9th.Avenue
Gary, Indiana 46404
Shirley Robinson
May 22, 2019
Robinson Shirley
May 22, 2019
Praying for the family of Mr. Charles kirklen. You have our deepest sympathy he was a neighbor in the ambridge area.
Jack and Myrtle Mateen
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