Charles K. Reberger, 76 of Brazil, passed away April 20, 2016, at 7:47 A.M., at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Charlie had battled cancer for the past several months along with other medical problems. The son of George and Goldie Pell Reberger, he was born at home in Clay County on September 16, 1939. He graduated from Van Buren High School in the Class of 1957 and later married his sweetheart Kay Carpenter; they shared over thirty years together before her death. Then Charlie found love again with Jacqueline Butler, also recently widowed. They were united in marriage on November 27, 2004, and their blended family has been blessed with over eleven years together.
Charlie’s work career spanned his entire life, beginning with the “College of Arketex” for six years. While in his twenties, he began his time with the Army National Guard and served faithfully for 37 years. For twenty years, Charlie was in charge of the Brazil National Guard Armory, and he retired as a Command Sergeant Major.
Charlie was also an industrious and successful businessman. In 1990 he and his wife Kay bought the Smith Cleaners, and Reberger’s Dry Cleaners still operates today. He was the sales manager at Buck-Rhodes Ford Dealership while he was still serving part-time in the National Guard. He also started buying homes and managing rental properties many years ago and was always interested in property sales; fittingly, he obtained his real-estate license and worked for Emmert Reality for several years. Another of Charlie’s many jobs was that of school bus driver for Clay Community Schools from 1990-2013.
Charlie was a life-member of the American Legion Post #2 and an active member of the Brazil Elk Lodge, #764, serving as Exalted Ruler two separate terms. In addition, he was a devoted member of the Brazil First Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder and a trustee.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Kay Carpenter Reberger; his son, Mikel Reberger; his brother and sister-in-law George Reberger and Shirley Haddon Reberger; and his brother-in-law Bob Price.
Survivors include his wife, Jacque Bedwell Butler Reberger; his son, Mitchell Reberger and wife Kerin Downey-Reberger; his step-children J.C. Butler and wife Helen (Gates Mills, OH), Jana Becker and husband Jon (Greencastle), and Jennifer Henke and husband Andy (Evansville); his grandchildren—Kaysia and Zade Reberger, Clara and Griffin Butler, Luke and Clark Becker, and Jaxon Henke; his brother Bill Reberger and wife Dorothy; and his sister Rosemary Price; his brother-in-law Doug Bedwell and wife Kathy; and his many nieces and nephews, including Lillian Dahlstrom and Lara Lagle, and a large extended family.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:00 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Walnut Street, with Gary Scroggins officiating and Steve McCullough providing music. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8:00 P.M. at the Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil, IN. Full Army National Guard funeral honors will be provided at Calcutta Cemetery following the services. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Hunter Harrison Fund via the Wabash Valley Community Foundation or to the First Presbyterian Church.