Pastor Charles Roger Uhler
Pastor Charles Roger Uhler went to be with his Lord and Savior November 1st, after a long and courageous battle against Antiphospholipid Syndrome.
Born April 11, 1952, he was raised on an Indiana farm where he learned “hard work won’t kill you – it’ll make you strong!” It was also where he developed his love for the great outdoors. More times than not, you would find him (or not) in the woods that ran between his dad’s farm and his grandpa’s farm “getting into trouble.” Not out of any type of meanness, but because of his insatiable curiosity for how things work. For example, he built a dam in the stream that ran alongside their property. First, he wanted to see if he was capable, second, he wanted his own swimming and fishing hole. Too bad this also dried up the watering source for farms downstream. After some disciplining; restoring the stream to its original flow; and much apologizing, he would still tell you today that “its construction was a thing of beauty.”
After graduation, he entered into the Coast Guard. Serving from ’71 to ’75, he was assigned to the Eagle Bargue. Though few knew, he went in as a fresh faced boy and came out a Vietnam Vet, Purple Heart recipient.
He was a “Jack-of-all-trades.” Unlike “Jack,” he was a master of all he put his hand to. Carpenter, like his beloved Jesus; Plumber, only if he had to be; Computer Scientist, from the ground up: building, programming, repairing, and teaching many how to use them. His love for the sea, acquired during his service years, turned him into a Diver and Lobsterman (with other sea creatures thrown in). These are a few of his titles.
His greatest accomplishment, from the perspective of his family and friends, was being a Fisher-of-Men. We could honestly tell you there were few people he liked but that he loved all. When asked about “this salvation thing”, he would take off his ever-present hat; throw it down at your feet; and as he turned to walk away, say to you, “It’s a gift, freely given, pick it up or not; it’s your choice.”
He will be dearly missed by his wife, three daughters and their better halfs, stepson, 11 grandchildren, great granddaughter, family and those few who knew him as a friend.
A celebration of his life will take place at Deep Creek National Park on April 11, 2017. It will be an all-day affair. All are welcome.