Charles Joseph Harpenau, 85, Carmel

Charles Joseph “Charlie” Harpenau, 86, of Carmel, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2020.

He was born November 14, 1933, in Tell City, to Helen and Jacob Harpenau.

He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle cousin and friend. His family and friends are blessed to have learned from his love and daily life examples on the immense value and necessity of always living with great faith, hope and love. The legacy of his faith-filled spirit and love for life and family will live on through all those who were blessed to have had him touch their lives. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. 

Surviving are his children, Chuck (Denise) Harpenau, Anna Sanderson and Melissa (Lou) Kropp; grandchildren, Amber Ibsen, Erin Harpenau, April Harpenau, Ashley Kello, Scott (Annie) Sanderson, Brian (Shelby) Sanderson, Louis (Brandy) Kropp, Jr., Jason (Wendy) Kropp, Eric (Shannon) Kropp; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Bob (Janice) Harpenau, Janet Lemaire, Mary Weyer, David (Judy) Harpenau, Kris Harpenau, Tim (Diane) Hagedorn, Mark (Karen) Hagedorn and Stan (Teenie) Ellis; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Cherry “Chib”; his parents; stepfather, Nick Hagedorn; his parents-in-law, Gladys and Marvin Ellis; son-in-law, Sam Sanderson; and many other cherished family members and friends.

Funeral services for Charlie Harpenau are pending due to COVID-19 restrictions. Memorials are suggested for the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana (or your local food bank) to help those in need from COVID-19 impact. 

The family extends great appreciation and thanks to all the healthcare providers who cared for and brought comfort to Charlie in his time of need. 

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