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Charles ‘Chuck’ Shroyer, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at St. Vincent’s Hospital following complications from a fall. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center in Noblesville, Indiana. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. with funeral services at 3:00 p.m.
Charles Bent Shroyer was born to Helen (Bent) and Charles Shroyer on December 10, 1936, in Wabash, Indiana. He spent his formative years in Wabash, graduating from high school in 1954, before pursuing a degree in Economics from DePauw University, a subject in which he would later earn a master’s degree. Chuck married Sandra Hipsher in 1957; they divorced amicably in 1998. In 1959 he began his professional career with 3M Company, in Hartford City, Indiana, where he held the positions of Supervisor, Department Manager and Assistant Plant Manager, before being promoted to Plant Manager at the newly built plant in Mitchell, South Dakota. Chuck moved to Mitchell in 1973 and started operations from the ground up, hiring many employees who would remain life-long friends. His career with 3M spanned over 38 years.
While in Mitchell, Chuck was instrumental in the inception of the youth football program, a pasttime he began in Indiana, stepping up to coach his son’s Pee-Wee Football team. His love of the game was legendary, and he pursued this passion from every angle, learning all he could about the game and mastering the art of offensive strategy, a skill that would eventually have him assist high-school football teams at Southwood, Tipp Valley and Fischer’s, Indiana. Additionally, Chuck served as a scout for Dakota Wesleyan University during his tenure in South Dakota. Chuck understood the game, and had the unique ability to coach with compassion, never belittling the young men in his care. He wrote volumes of plays, for youth, high school and even college coaches. He also wrote a book, “Coaching a Wing-T Based Multiple Offense,” a publication that is still available on Amazon. He spent hours analyzing the talent on his teams and creating tailored strategies for each offense. He also coached youth baseball, and never missed a game his grandsons might be playing in.
In 2000 Chuck married Janice Vrooman Beer, who, as he always said, “had him at hello.” Together they pursued traveling and building homes that were always open to family, friends, and above all else, located on the water. Boats were also a passion of Chuck’s, and his research skills led him to acquire everything from houseboats to those that accommodated overnight stays.
In addition to his love of football, Chuck was an astute historian. His vast knowledge of the American Revolutionary War made him a sought-after speaker, and he spent many hours walking his children through battlefields and researching America’s colonial history. Ever the student, he continued to educate himself on economics and especially the markets. Eventually, Chuck ran an investment club for his fellow Florida retirees, while also putting together “Stock Market 101,” a favorite lecture to his grandchildren during family vacations. Investments led him to real estate, and early on he saw the value in acquiring waterfront property. His first purchase was a cabin on Lukens Lake, and he quickly moved on to acquiring beach property, eventually settling on a retirement property in Bonita Springs where he and Janice entertained and enjoyed winter getaways.
In later retirement Chuck remained active, traveling with Janice, talking with friends, walking his beloved dog, Gracie, and revisiting classic and historical movies.
Charles Shroyer is survived by his wife, Janice; his daughter Chantel (Brian) Willmann; sons Greg (Kathy) Shroyer and Phil (Ruth) Benedict; stepson Dean (Liz) Beer; sister Jane Skeens; brothers-in-law Jim (Betty) Vrooman, Jerry and Jimmy Hipsher; thirteen grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be directed to the Blackford Pee-Wee Football League, 802 N. Richmond Street, Hartford City, Indiana 47348; or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959, www.stjude.org.
The family is grateful for your kind words of comfort and the outpouring of condolences received during this difficult time. Chuck will be greatly missed.