HAUBSTADT — Charles A. Wilhite, 73, of Haubstadt, passed away at Gibson General Hospital in Princeton, on Oct. 21, 2017.

He was born Nov. 11, 1943, in Princeton, son of Jesse Ray and Helen Louise (Kiesel) Wilhite.

Charlie was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Haubstadt and a Brute Award Recipient, 50 year member of the Haubstadt Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul, former Johnson Township Trustee, member of the Haubstadt Sommerfest, where he was a past president, Sommerfest chairmen and lead chef. He cooked for soup kitchens any time, anywhere, and a member of the Bar-B-Quers for Charity which conducts benefits for autism, United Caring, and needy families. Charlie and his wife Sandy co-founded Sandy’s Pizza in Fort Branchand operated it for 38 years. Charlie was proud of his pizza business. They were honored to be named the Grand Marshall of the Haubstadt Sommerfest parade in 2017. Charlie was a “Jack of all trades” and loved a good challenge.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Sandra K. (Bledsoe) Wilhite of Haubstadt; three children; John Wilhite of Fort Branch, Joella (Jerry) Hipp of Haubstadt and Brett (Denise) Wilhite of Indianapolis; two siblings; Janet (Tom) Dewig of Haubstadt and Gerald (Laurie) Wilhite of Santa Claus; brother-in-law Gerald (Trudy) Bledsoe of Fort Branch; and five grandchildren; Jacob, Jenna, and Joseph Hipp and Bailey and Natalie Wilhite.

A Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Haubstadt, with Fathers Tony Ernst and Ambrose Wanyonyi as co-celebrants. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Stodghill Funeral Home in Fort Branch, with a Rosary service at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Haubstadt. Donations can be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Expressions of sympathy made at stodghillfuneralhome.com.

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