Charlie Ruyle, 80


Charlie Ruyle, 80, of Morrisonville, died at 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at his home, surrounded by family.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, located at 304 Carlin Street, in Morrisonville. Funeral Ceremony will be held  at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 402 Monroe Street in Harvel, with the Rev. Joseph Nehring as celebrant. Interment will follow the funeral ceremony at Asbury Cemetery in Raymond.  The family is hosting a luncheon at the American Legion Post 721 in Morrisonville following committal services.  Donations of food may be made to the American Legion on Wednesday morning.

 Mr. Ruyle was born Feb. 26, 1943, in Litchfield, the only child of Walter Andrew and Ellen M. (Wagner) Ruyle. He graduated from Gillespie High School with the Class of 1961, and while attending high school began his career in the funeral profession assisting his local funeral home with funerals and their ambulance service. Upon graduation, Mr. Ruyle accepted his first full-time position selling burial clothing and sundries, and that soon led him to casket sales.  He would sell caskets until the day he died, working for several local companies, currently Matthews International Funeral Solutions.  Though casket sales were his career, his devotion was to the many communities he served through funeral service.  Mr. Ruyle assisted several funeral homes throughout the decades and was currently employed with the Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Homes for the past 20 plus years.  He was devoted to the bereaved and wanted their loved one’s funerals and memorials to be as special as any others.

On Aug. 6, 1966, Mr. Ruyle married Sharon E. Schmidt, at the Gillespie Zion Lutheran Church.  They enjoyed over 57 years of marriage, and the last thirty-three in Morrisonville.  They have been devoted members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvel, where Mr. Ruyle served on many committees and held several positions, most recently elder. He had few hobbies, because of his dedication to his professions, but he never missed a chance to have lunch or dinner at Charro’s in Taylorville.  Mr. Ruyle’s other favorite pastime was just spending time with his family and spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Ruyle is survived by his wife, Sharon Ruyle of Morrisonville; daughters, Heidi Massie of Morrisonville and Ann (husband, Rich) Ganther of Morrisonville; grandchildren, Memphis (wife, Savannah) Sullivan of Morrisonville, Maddie Massie of Springfield, Dalton (wife, Brooke) Thomas of Bury St. Edmunds, England and Cody Ganther of Morrisonville; great-grandchildren, Maelee and Macklen Sullivan; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; special friends, Larry Rogers, Megan Steely, Fan and E. Camacho, and his favorite waitress, Ying; and numerous funeral directors and families who will always be grateful for his years of help.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church, 402 Monroe Street, Harvel, IL 62538, or Benld Adopt-A-Pet, 807 Stewart Avenue, Benld, IL 62009.

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