CAPE GIRARDEAU - Charles L. Bixler, 73, formerly of Canalou, died at 6 p.m. Aug. 18, 2007, in Cape Girardeau.
Born Aug. 24, 1933, at Steele, to the late Roy Lee and Addie Elizabeth Hampton Bixler, he was educated in the Canalou school system. He later joined the U.S. Army and served from 1954-1956 during the Korean War. After his military service, he moved to Cape Girardeau, where he graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a B.S. in education. He also received his master's in education from the University of Missouri.
He taught history at Cape Central High School and was the first Central High School's boys varsity tennis coach. He had been a pharmaceutical representative for the Pfizer Drug Company and had formerly owned and operated Clark Wheel Alignment Service in Cape Girardeau.
On Oct. 5, 1954, in Sikeston, he married Patricia A. Hopper who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, Vincent Bixler of Cape Girardeau; one daughter, Lisa A. Hardesty of Cape Girardeau; one brother, James Bixler of Sikeston; three sisters, Sue Smith of Enid, Okla., Shirley Alexander of Leveland, Texas and Annette Dismuke of Caseyville, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Lindsay Bixler, Nicholas Bixler, Clayton Hardesty and Allie Hardesty of Cape Girardeau.
He was preceded in death by one brother.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel, where services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with Monsignor Richard Rolwing of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church officiating.
Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston