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Charles Shirkey

Dec 13, 2017

November 14, 1949 - December 10, 2017

Charlie Shirkey, 68, formerly of Middletown, died at 11:48 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2017, at his home in Mt. Pleasant.


The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home. The memorial service for Charlie will be 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Ned Fry officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery at a later date. Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory.


A memorial has been established in memory of Charlie Shirkey. Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.


Born November 14, 1949, in Fairfield, Iowa, he was the son of Wilbur George and Florence June Hill Shirkey. On May 10, 1975, he married Susan Lea Butler in Burlington, Iowa. They later divorced.


Charlie was a tool and die maker at General Electric, Huffman, Murry Iron, Hawkeye Group, and Precision Steel. He was the owner and operator of Middletown Tool & Die, and Quality Repair for many years.


He was a 1968 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School. He attended Southeastern Community College.


Charlie loved circle track racing. He went to Knoxville Nationals for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and mushroom hunting. Helping others was Charlie's passion.


Survivors include his mother, Florence Wesely of Mt. Pleasant; life partner, Candas Carlene Pilkington of Mt. Pleasant; two sons, Joshua Charles (Lois) Shirkey of Middletown, and Gabriel Francis Shirkey of Middletown; one grandson, Jason John Shirkey of Mt. Pleasant; one brother, Mark (Janet) Wesely of Danville; three sisters, Sandra Allender, Nancy Weigert, and  Amy (Todd) Mabeus all of Mt. Pleasant; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his father, one brother, and his step-father, Merlin "Mike" Wesely who was a care-giver and father figure.


A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Charlie's obituary at


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