BELLEVILLE - Charles J. "C.J." Wyland, 89, of 265 S. Kishacoquillas St., Belleville, died at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, at his home.
Born Jan, 21, 1923, in Tyrone, he was the son of the late Charles E. and Ruth Marie (Wertz) Wyland. His wife, Mary E. (Kochenderfer) Wyland, whom he married Sept. 10, 1943, preceded him in death on Aug. 31, 2010.
He also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Marcie McCalips, a sister, Ann Margaret Schollins, a great-grandson, Ian Wyland, and three infant brothers.
Charles J. ‘C.J.’ Wyland
Surviving are: children, Sharon A. Peoples and husband, William "Jock," of Belleville, Mary Ellen Walker and husband, Don, of Reedsville, Steven C. Wyland and wife, Vicki, of Belleville, Timothy A. Wyland and wife, Lynn, of Dunellen, Fla., Susan C. Wyland and husband, Stephen Autman, of Chadds Ford, Cynthia J. Bender and husband, Ferris, of Lewistown, and Douglas L. Wyland and wife, Ruth, of Belleville; sisters, Helen Williams, of North Carolina, Ethel Louise Wyland, of Tucson, Ariz., Dorothy Corson, of Zanesville, Ohio, and Mary Esther Friday, of Tyrone; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
C.J. served in the United States Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945. He was stationed in the South Pacific as a ball turret gunner. He was involved in over 40 combat missions.
After his time in the service, he was employed at New Holland Foundry, where he was a supervisor. He retired from New Holland in 1982.
During this time, he also served as the Justice of the Peace in Belleville for a number of years.
He was a member of Watts Memorial United Methodist Church and also served as an elder at West Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church.
C.J. was a 50-year member of VFW Post 5935, Belleville, where he served as post commander, chaplain, on the burial detail and on the board of governors.
He was a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Three aspects that were very important in C.J.'s life were his family, service to his country and community and being in the outdoors.
A funeral service will be held in his memory at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Watts Memorial United Methodist Church, in Belleville, with Pastors Samuel G. Strohm and Doug Pierce officiating. His family will receive friends from 9:45 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will take place at Machpelah Cemetery, in Belleville.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to Watts Memorial UMC, PO Box 866, Belleville, PA 17004.
Arrangements are under the care of the Henderson Funeral Home, Inc., 3813 W. Main St., Belleville.