Charles J. Mies
Ray Dean Heard Family Farms
Charles J. Mies 81, rural Saunemin, died at 6:56 am Monday, November 15, 1999, at his home. His funeral was at 11am Thursday, November 18 at the Saunemin United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donald Pratt and the Rev. Ray Dean Davis officiating. Visitation was November 17 at the Harris-Martin-Burke funeral Home in Pontiac. Burial was in Sunny Slope Cemetery in Saunemin. Mr. Mies was born July 28, 1918, in Saunemin, the son of Charles B. and Maude Ellen (Jacobs) Mies. He was a 1936 graduate of Saunemin High School and attended the University of Illinois. He married Edith V. Lee in Eylar on December 3, 1939. He farmed for forty years in the Saunemin area, retiring in 1971. From 1971 to 1974 he was a sales representative for Skamper Trailers of Bristol,IN, and from 1974 to 1984 he was a salesman for Fraher Ford in Pontiac. He was a lifetime member of the Saunemin United Methodist Church, a member and past chairman of the Livingston County Soil Conservation Board, a board member of Livingston County Grain and Supply company for many years and a former member of the Saunemin School Board and the Farm Home Administration Board. He also was a past adult Explorer Scout leader and a member and past president of the Norwegian Slooper Society. He also helped organize and served as a volunteer fireman on Saunemin Fire Department. Surviving are his wife: two sons, Charles L.(Susan)Mies of Elgin, IL and James R.(Mary)Mies of Petersburg, IL: four grandchildren, Kirk Mies, Jennifer Corso, Jim Mies and Sarah Mies; and three great-grandchildren, Erik and Emilie Mies and Jack Corso. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son in infancy; a sister, Mildred Mies Hanley; and a brother, Clarence W. Mies. The family suggests memorials to the Saunemin United Methodist church or the Saunemin Fire Department.
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