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Charles J. Leyden

Birth Date: December 3, 1936
Death Date: February 17, 2018

Charles J. “Chuck” Leyden, 81, of Decatur, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Decatur Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.

Chuck was born December 3, 1936 in Independence, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Gwendolyn (Lahner) Leyden. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Chuck continued his military service in the National Guard retiring after thirty-one years. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church where he served as an usher, the Moose Lodge, and served as a volunteer with Catholic Charities. Chuck married his high school sweetheart Joanne A. Mihatovic on August 4, 1956 in Westmont, Illinois. They shared over sixty-one years together.

Chuck leaves behind his wife Joanne, children Jeffrey (Jennifer) Leyden of Decatur, Julie Miller of Decatur, Jennifer (Bill) Godfrey of Decatur, and John (Jennifer) Leyden of Madison, Wisconsin, brothers Phillip (Cheryl) Leyden and Richard Leyden, grandchildren Megan, Sam, Matthew, Jayne, Scott, David, Austin, and Alyssa, and great-grandchildren Nate, Eliana, Andrew, Isabella, Kennedy, Layton, and Elle.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, brother Thomas Leyden, and granddaughter Rachel.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Primrose community and staff for all of their compassion and support.

Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Chuck’s life will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 407 E. Eldorado Decatur, with Rev. John Burnette, celebrant. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be in North Fork Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home, 2801 N. Monroe Street, Decatur, IL 62526. View the obituary, send condolences, and share memories with the family at

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February 20, 2018
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February 21, 2018
North Fork Cemetery
Decatur, IL
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February 21, 2018
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  1. Charlie was one of the first men thar I met when I joined the guard in 1973, and I never met a more knowligible or ldedicated man. I was proud to call him a friend.

  2. I knew Charlie as a helicopter expert and a really good man. I learned a lot from him, both about helicopters and about life. My condolences to his family.

    Lonnie Jansen

  3. Charlie was always someone that I respected and looked up to. A great leader and even a better person. The first to work and the last to leave, setting the example for all of us. I have too many fond memories of Charlie to share but I hold him in the highest regard as someone that helped shape me a person. Best wishes to his family! Jim Gaddis

  4. Joann and family, I’m so sorry I couldn’t be with you all to share the awesome memories of cousin Charles and his wonderful life and to hug you tight. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

    Nancy Halvorsen :heart:

  5. To the family of Chuck Leyden,
    We are truly sorry for your loss, sending prayers during this time of sorrow.

    Bill and Kim Engalnd

  6. So sorry to hear of the passing of cousin Charles. Will be unable to attend the service but send our prayers to the whole family at this difficult time.
    Tari and Mike Choiniere

  7. I owe a great deal of gratitude to Charlie for being my boss and one of my mentors for so many years, but most of all for being such a good friend and wonderful person. John Starbody

  8. Bill and I extend our deepest sympathies to Joann and the children and grandchildren, we will always remember Charles as being the "ultimate Gentleman"! May the Lord Bless him for a lifetime of service to people!! Cheryl and Bill Bellin

  9. We are extremely saddened to hear of your family’s loss. When Joanne and Chuck were on a trip with Timi’s Tours we always knew we would have a good time and with two of the nicest passengers ever! Chuck will be so missed. Our prayers are with you.

  10. I owe my military career to Charley and a few others like him from the ILARNG. If it weren't for the honor and pleasure of serving with them, I wound not be retired military today.

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