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Charles E. Pike

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Charles E. Pike

Dover - Charles E. Pike, 87, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at his home in Dover, PA. Charles was the loving husband of Ursula R. Pike who passed away in 2011 after 49 years of marriage. They met in Germany where they lived for 27 years and raised four children.

Charles was born on December 3, 1930 in Harrisburg, PA. He served in the Navy during the Korean War on the aircraft carrier Midway where he worked as a Meteorologist and a swimming instructor.

He graduated from Millersville University and received his Master's Degree from Bucknell University. He joined the U.S. Department of Defense as a civil servant teaching science for the U.S. Department of Defense school system. He worked in schools on military bases in Giessen, Bamberg, Bad Kreuznach, Stuttgart, and Heidelberg, Germany as well as in New Market, England, and Ankara, Turkey.

He returned to the United States in 1986 and started a second career as a counselor at the York County prison until his retirement.

Charles was a lifelong learner. He loved books and reading especially on the subjects of history and the Civil War. He enjoyed keeping up on current and world events by reading multiple newspapers from around the United States and the world. He was a very well-traveled person and one of his greatest passions was collecting antiques wherever he went. Charles enjoyed speaking to and helping young people. He wanted to learn everything there was to know about the world around him and inspired the same passion in others. Charles was a very loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather and proud of all his family accomplishments. Charles had a wonderful attitude and was always a good sport. Charles is deeply loved by his children and grandchildren and will never be forgotten.

Charles is survived by his children, Christal Pike-Nase, Esq. of Dillsburg, Dr. Nicola J. Pike and her fiancé Reinhard C. Fuchs, Dr. Daniel A. Pike and his wife Kristin (Wilson) Pike, and Dr. David W. Pike and his wife Dr. Karin (Gingerich) Pike of Dover; much-loved grandchildren Christian, Nicholas, and Philip Nase, Erich, Karsten, Lena, and Robert Wolfgang Pike, and Neisen Taylor; 2 sisters-in-law, Sandra Pike and Geraldine Pike of York County; and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Christa Boehmer, Barbara Schreiner, Dorothea and Bernard Masset, Helmut and Martha Legal, and Bernd and Josefine Legal, all of Germany and France; and numerous beloved nephews, nieces, and cousins. Charles was predeceased by his brothers, Larry R. Pike and John L. Pike and brothers-in-law, Peter Schreiner and Christophe Boehmer. Charles' lifelong friend Lester Gross of 67 years was a loyal friend not only to Charles but is also an honorary uncle to all of Charles' children and grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Charles' life on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 201 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg, PA 17019 at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor Glenn Ludwig officiating. Emig Funeral Home, Dover, is assisting with the arrangements. A reception in Dover is to follow after the service. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bell Family Shelter, 852 E. Market Street, York, PA 17403 or Civil War Roundtable of Gettysburg, Box 4236, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Aug. 10, 2018
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