Charles Edward Slyker
August 22, 1944 – September 11, 2020
Charles Edward Slyker, age 76, of East Helena, Montana passed away on September 11, 2020 in Sun City, Arizona. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 53 years, Jane and his children Laura (Bart) Bentzin, David (Kate), Christopher (Teresa) and Jonathan; grandchildren Sarah, Dylan, Sierra, Drake and Aspen; siblings Robert Jr. (Peggy), Richard (Sue), Thomas (Cindy), Maryann (Ken) Klingman; brother and sister in-laws Paul, Angela and Timothy Martinek. Charles was predeceased by his brother Joseph Slyker (Holly). A native of California, Charles was born on August 22, 1944 in San Diego to Robert and Kay Slyker. He received his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and his master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M. Charles also earned a degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Charles spent the majority of his career based at The Presidio in San Francisco, CA where he worked for the US Army. During his career with the Army he was able to travel the world as well as spend a number of years living in Heidelberg, Germany where he was Chief of Logistics Assistance Operations Europe. Charles was a car enthusiast and enjoyed spending time working on his classic Ford Mustang and Ford Model A. He was an active member of numerous car clubs in Oregon, Montana, and Arizona. Being a snowbird, he could be frequently found volunteering at the Automobile Restoration Club in Sun City West, Arizona. He took great pride in his work and craftsmanship. Combining two of his favorite things, Charles loved to take his grandchildren for a ride in his classic cars. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, boating, and camping with his family. Charles never seemed to miss the opportunity to tell a wonderfully, awful dad-joke. Puns always preferred! He was an avid member of Rotary International serving in many roles including President of the Townsend Rotary Club, where he devoted his talent to the annual Fall Fest. Charles enjoyed helping others by volunteering with AARP in their Tax-Aide Program. He was a proud participant and supporter of the Relay for Life held by the American Cancer Society and Great Strides for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Charles Slyker loved, and will always be loved by, his family.
Memorial services are pending due to COVID-19, please check back for dates and times of services.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you send a memorial donation to one of the following organizations; the American Cancer Society, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the Automobile Restoration Center of Sun City West.
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Charles Edward Slyker
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September 18, 2020
I was very saddened to hear that Uncle Charles passed away. My memory of Uncle Charles is the quiet and thoughtful listener in a group of boisterous siblings always intent on hearing what you had to say. I am thankful to Uncle Charles and his wife (
Aunt Jane) for their support in my upbringing.
September 16, 2020
Charles was my brother in law, but to me, he was my older brother. A thoughtful quiet voice, I will continue to ask him for advice and try to follow his lead.
When I needed help Charles took me in his home without question. He was a good man and is missed.
He was the king of dad jokes. I can only hope to aspire to his punmanship. I'll keep his laughter in my memory.
September 15, 2020
Mr Slyker as I used to call Charles, spent countless hours teaching me the details of aviation and together with Laura helped me earn my Aviation and Photography merit badges for my Eagle Scout.
He was also my soccer coach, Scout leader, neighbor, and an outstanding example to at least 12 American kids living on the same street in Germany. I am deeply saddened to hear that "Mr. Slyker" has gone to be with the lord. I know first hand how much he loved his family and they loved him. I am thankful and blessed to have known him . After more than 34 years, I am still learning life lessons that he talked about with us neighborhood kids.
God bless Mr. Slyker and his family! Until we meet again.
September 15, 2020
It’s hard to imagine a world without Charles being in it. I remember the first time I met him. I think I was around 16. He drove into our California driveway in his cool Corvette to take my sister (Jane) out on a date. It was California back in the 60’s, when ‘American Graffiti’ was a real thing.
I think Charles was born mature. The Charles I met back in my teens was little different in his adult life and into his senior years. He was always an engineer at heart; calm, controlled, meticulous and precise in all that he did. He loaned me his surfboard! That may not seem like a big deal today, but back in the 60’s it was, even more so since he designed and built the surfboard himself.
If you wanted sound advice and sane direction, Charles was the one to ask. For any practical matter there was no better resource. I will miss his stable presence even though it was often from afar. But what I thank him for more than anything else is that he took care of my sister Jane and gave her and their children a secure and adventurous life. They travelled together and wherever they made “home” Charles (and Jane) inserted themselves into the community and made a positive difference.
I cried when I got the news of his passing. Life is full of pathos and pain and losing such a decent man in these turbulent times just seems to add insult to despair. But he leaves behind, with we who knew him, a clear path of how to live one’s life; a life of love, respect and dignity that he shared with my sister. For that I am eternally grateful to him.
I miss him and that unconquerable sense of loss will remain. But to Jane and his children he will never be more than a prayer away and in that I take solace.
September 14, 2020
So grateful that Charles was an AARP tax volunteer. He will be missed!
Condolences to his loved ones.