He was born Aug. 29, 1948, in Wabash, Ind., to William A. and Mary (Rhoades) Leeka.
He served in the U.S. Army 1968-1972. On July 21, 1984, he married Markeeta Fleming. Charles was employed with Laketon Refinery, Laketon, Ind., from 1972 to 1994; with McDonald’s, North Manchester, from 1994 to 2001 and North Manchester Foundry (Manchester Metals), from 2001 to 2004.
He was a member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, American Legion Post #286 and Manchester Moose Family Center.
He is survived by his wife: Markeeta Leeka, Laketon, Ind.; four sons: Paul A. Leeka, Laketon; John F. (Danielle) Leeka, Warsaw, Ind.; Brian (Angie) Ball, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Aron M. Ball, Laketon; one sister: Betty Jane Fish, Huntington, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester. Services will follow at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Wabash County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.