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Phone: (304) 592-2500
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Charles Mihelic

Charles Joseph Mihelic

Friday, October 19th, 1951 - Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
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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.

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.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Harmer Funeral Home
    300 Pike Street
    Shinnston, WV 26431
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Harmer Funeral Home
    300 Pike Street
    Shinnston, WV 26431
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Bob Slater

Posted at 11:02pm
Prayers and sympathy for the extended Mihelic family. We see John on a regular basis and were good friends wth Charles' parents and with Babe. May he rest in peace. Charlene and Bob Slatyer, St. Joseph, MO

Patti Snead

Posted at 03:13pm
Family and Friends,
I’m soo very sorry to hear of Chuck’s (Dr. Mihelic) passing. We were in the same high school graduating class 1969 of Christian Brother’s & Le Blond. It doesn’t surprise me of all of his accomplishments. He was a great guy, fun,polite and ever so respected.
My prayers are coming your way.
God Love You and God Bless You
Patti Snead Saint Joseph Missouri

Stacey Gray

Posted at 11:18am
Friends of John.... there for you in your time of loss.
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Kathy Thrasher Barnett

Posted at 03:56pm
Chuck was our 2nd cousin. I worked with him in the ER at the formerly named, Heartland Hospital. He was a great guy and the ER was sad to see him move. He came from a great family. ❤️

Bob Belcher

Posted at 01:26pm
Chuck and I grew up together on the South Side of Saint Joseph Missouri just 5 houses apart. He and I were in the same Communion class at Saint Stanislaus Catholic Church in 1958 (I still have that photo). Chuck had a great work ethic and had great parents as role models. He was a great friend and always did the right thing as a young man growing up. Chuck played football for Christian Brothers at nose tackle and I played quarterback for Benton High School and we would talk after games. After high school, we lost contact with each other but it sounds like he did a lot of great things in his lifetime. Seeing his picture in the obituary brought back many memories of Chuck as we were growing up. I am sorry that Chuck passed at an early age. God bless Chuck and his family.

Bob Belcher

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