Dr. Charles Edward Syester

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Dr. Charles Edward Syester

December 08, 1927 - December 21, 2018

Dr. Charles Edward Syester Dr. Charles Edward Syester went to his Heavenly Home on Dec. 21, 2018. He was born Dec. 8, 1927, to Robert and Ruth Gordon Syester in Sullivan County, Ind.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Patricia Ann Easton Syester; and their children, Janna Syester of Concord, N.C., and Joel Syester of Missoula, Mont.; as well as a host of other beloved family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Joe Syester; and sister, Mary Syester Street Funkhouser.
Charles lived a Christ-filled life which was demonstrated by his impact on the lives of so many people, as well as his participation in church and community. He served his country in the Army at the end of World War II.
After graduating from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Charles taught 5th and 6th grade at Rankin Junior High School, and served as a principal for one year before moving to Macomb, Ill., in 1963. Charles was a professor of statistics and growth and development at Western Illinois University for 30 years. While teaching at WIU he completed his doctorate at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
He was instrumental in founding Maple Avenue Christian Church in Macomb, and Campus Students for Christ at Western Illinois University, which will be celebrating 50 years of ministry in 2019. Charles had a great love of singing which was seen through his participation in Barbershop Harmony Society, church choirs, Kitchen Bands and every morning when he was shaving.
Retirement from WIU in 1993 did not slow Charles down. He enjoyed serving as an adjunct professor at Johnson Christian University in Knoxville, Tenn., and pastored Old Bedford Christian Church in Blandinsville, Ill.
In 2009 Charles and Patty moved from Macomb, back to Terre Haute, where they were actively involved at North Terre Haute Christian Church. Charles served as an elder and was recently honored as elder emeritus. Charles was a student of God's Word and enjoyed participating in the Senior Seekers Community Bible Study.
Charles and Patty had recently moved to Concord to live with their daughter, Janna.
Services will be on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, at North Terre Haute Christian Church, 3133 E. Park Avenue, North Terre Haute. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. with a celebration of Charles' life following at 7 p.m. Private family burial will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.
Charles and Patty loved and supported many missions and missionaries. Memorials in honor of Charles can be made to the ministry of Elder Orphan Care online at www.elderorphancare.com or by mail to 349-L Copperfield Blvd., Suite 211, Concord, NC, 28025.
Published on December 26, 2018
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Martha Clyde
Dec 28, 2018
My sincere love to Pat and family at this time. Charles was a wonderful man having a life truly well lived. Prayers are with you, Martha
Dec 27, 2018
What a wonderful life he lived and a great legacy for you Janna and your brother, Joel. So sorry for your loss. He sounded like a great husband, father and God’s servant. Now he gets to hear, “well done good and faithful servant”. May you feel God’s love and peace.
Ginger Bedford
Dec 27, 2018
His light may have dimmed here on earth but it will continue to shine in the people he touched along his way. So maybe his light didn't dim but lives on in the lives of those he touched. May you feel comfort and peace in your memories.
Gloria Van Kampen
Dec 26, 2018
Charles was a man who always had a kind word to share. He ALWAYS had time to talk. His love for the Kingdom of God never wavered. His jokes often we would miss because he would start laughing before punch line. Charles and his lovely wife Pat always had room for guests at their Sunday meal. Charles loved to read and his collection of books totally brought him JOY. He now is with family and friends in heaven and so will be missed by all here on earth that knew him. TO. Pat, Janna and Joel, please reflect daily on your precious memories as you wipe tears throughout the days ahead. May the 23rd Psalms truly be your strength.
Angela Grant
Dec 26, 2018
Charles was and will continue to be a beacon of light that points others to Christ. His commitment to truth while teaching and studying The Word was evident in every part of his life. He was a man of strength, character and discipline. He continued to be open minded and willing to learn new things, even into his later years. I don’t believe I’ve ever met a more kind hearted and genuine man. He will be deeply missed, but I smile because I know that Charles ran the race well, and heard the words of our Father...”Well done, my good and faithful servant..”
Glory to God for the vessel Charles allowed himself to be for The Kingdom.
David and Linda Hartsell
Dec 26, 2018
You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you lay your father to rest. Thanking God for heaven and the reunions to come! Much love!