Charles Joseph Mihelic, MD, most recently of Shinnston, West Virginia, passed away on the morning of February 2, 2020. Doctor Mihelic lived a full life that would be hard to summarize in the space here. Joining the Army in 1969, he left his hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri, where he was born October 19, 1951, and saw the world. With experience gained as a Special Forces medic, he was inspired to continue his education at the University of Missouri - Kansas City where he graduated with both a bachelor's degree in chemistry and an MD. During this time, he met the love of his life, Mary Douglass Bowman, while living in Alaska, and married September 13, 1977. The couple moved back to the lower 48, and he served communities in the midwest as an emergency room physician. Later, he rejoined the Army as an officer, serving in various capacities, including aiding in the liberation of Kuwait in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. After leaving the military, he made a home in West Virginia, touching many lives in a quarter century of work prior to his recent retirement. In his spare time, he enjoyed many hobbies, especially outdoor adventures. He swam with sharks, rafted whitewater rapids, and climbed multi-pitch rock faces. In his later years he took up other pastimes, from cooking to woodworking, furnishing his home with his handiwork.
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Doctor Mihelic was preceded in death by both his parents, Carl and Catherine “Mimi” Mihelic (Waitkoss) and his stepfather Cecil “Babe” Waitkoss. Many are left who mourn him, and in whose memories he lives on. A complete roll-call here would be impossible, but it starts with his loving family: Wife Mary Mihelic of Shinnston; brother John Patrick Mihelic of St. Joseph; Daughters Amanda Mihelic and Catherine Schlobohm; Sons John Edgar Mihelic and Norman Mihelic; Niece Emily Mihelic; Nephew John Joseph Mihelic; Son-in-law Scott Schlobohm; Daughter-in-law Anita Mihelic; and grandchildren Lilly Rae Wissler, Joseph Gary and Bonnie Louise Schlobohm. We are remiss not to mention the many friends of the family for whom he served as a mentor and a father figure. He will be greatly missed by many.
Visitations will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm at Harmer Funeral home in Shinnston, WV on Thursday February 6th, 2020. On Friday the 7th, a Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion in Shinnston from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. We invite all friends, family, and past coworkers to attend these functions and celebrate the life of a wonderful husband, father, healer, and friend to many in the community.
In lieu of flowers, he requests that donations can be made in his name to Wounded Warriors or the Harrison County Humane Society.
Online memories and condolences may be shared at Harmerfuneralhome.com.
A service of Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.