Charles Lindberg Spillman, 94, Leesburg, passed away at 6:55 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, at Paddock Springs Assisted Living Facility in Warsaw.
He was born on July 4, 1927, in Indianapolis, to Iva P. (Nichols) Spillman and Leslie H. Spillman. At the age of 21, Charles married Cassie R. Spillman on Oct. 8, 1949. They raised three children and experienced 36 years together until she passed away in 1986. On April 25, 1987, he married Sandra Jane (Woodburn) Spillman and they shared 34 years of marriage together before he passed away.
Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and proudly served until his honorable discharge as a Seaman First Class on August 18, 1946. While he was in the military he was able to finish his high school education.
Upon returning home he found a job at International Harvester in Fort Wayne, and he later worked the Waynedale area in Fort Wayne for the U.S. Postal Service. Charles became the postmaster in Milford, where he retired in 1986. He always enjoyed the outdoors and never stopped working even after retirement. Charles spent another 17 years as a builder, landscaper and a realtor. Charles was a Mason and a Shriner, loved his fellow servicemen and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 253 in North Webster. He enjoyed the fellowship of his church family as a member of North Webster Church of God. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife: Sandra Jane Spillman, Leesburg; daughter: Debra (Mike) Parker, Claypool; son: Charles A. (Gaylene) Spillman, Indianapolis; two step-daughters: Lisa (Scott) Snyder, South Bend; and Cheryl (Don) Templeton, North Port, Fla. Also surviving are ten grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Cassie, three sisters, Dorothy, Betty and Anna, one brother, Harold, step-son, Mark Cowles, and his daughter Melissa LeCount.
Charles’ life will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw and officiated by Pastor Dennis Judy. Friends and family may visit prior to the service from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home. A graveside service will follow at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw, Indiana with military rites conducted by members of the American Legion and active duty Navy Honor Guard.
Memorial donations may be directed to North Webster Church of God, 302 N. Main Street, North Webster, IN 46555; or the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com