Charlie Ruyle

charlie ruyle

February 26, 1943 ~ September 28, 2023

Born in: Litchfield, Illinois
Resided in: Morrisonville, Illinois

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

Charlie was born February 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, Charlie 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.  Charlie 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 August 6, 1966, Charlie married the love of his life, 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 Charlie 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.  Charlie’s other favorite pastime wasn’t just spending time with his family but spoiling his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Charlie 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 & E. Camacho, and his favorite waitress, Ying; and numerous funeral directors and families who will always be grateful for his years of help.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

Funeral Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 402 Monroe Street, Harvel, IL 62538 with 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.

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.

Please visit to share memories of Charlie, or to offer condolences to his family.


Visitation: October 3, 2023 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home of Morrisonville
304 Carlin St.
Morrisonville, IL 62546

Funeral Ceremony: October 4, 2023 10:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church of Harvel
402 Monroe St.
Harvel, Illinois 62538

Interment: October 4, 2023 11:30 am

Asbury Cemetery

Raymond, IL 62560

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Charlie Ruyle 's name.

Benld Adopt-A-Pet

807 Stewart Avenue




Trinity Lutheran Church of Harvel

402 Monroe Street




Memories Timeline


  1. Light a CandleCondolences to the family. I got know Charlie, while cutting his hair. He was a wonderful guy. A few months back I had to give up my practice. I sure missed our monthly chats. He was the sweetest ♥️

  2. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. It was always nice to be greeted warmly when attending a visitation or funeral.

  3. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Charlie has been a part of our family for as long as I can remember. One of the kindest man I have ever known. Fond memories of Charlie when he came to town, having lunch with him & my parents. Heaven has gained an angel. ❤

  4. Charlie ,May you find rest and joy in the Lord’s Kingdom . May your family celebrate your life knowing that you cared and loved them so much . Thanks for the many years that you were a part of our lives. In our thoughts and prayers Bob and Patti Lewandowski Pekin, Illinois

  5. Charlie Ruyle..was a one of a kind ….he truly was a pleasure to be around..
    He made liking him as easy as Breathing !
    He and i were the last of the remaining from thousands that attended the 1964 Illinois Funeral Directors convention when it was held at the Conrad Hilton Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, back in that WAS the place to .B. for everyone in the state.
    I would call him..a OLD HORSE TRADER n he just have that big grin n enjoy it !
    He is part of that old school..class-manners & a great sense of humor !
    I will miss you olde horse trader buddy !
    Dennis Johnson – Orange City, Florida

  6. Light a CandleWhat a kind soul. Truly sorry for the loss endured by the family. Sending many prayers.

  7. Light a CandleSharon , Hiedi and Ann
    My first experience in funeral service was working for Charlie via the High school work study program. I got to travel with Charlie to pick up a load of caskets in Knightstown, IN at Jac-Wil caskets. Good times.
    I also remember the warehouse disaster I had when 4 caskets standing on their foot ends went tumbling…one being an Elgin bronze.. anyway, Charlie is the last of the original sales reps from when I started in funeral service. One call to him and it was done or he bent over backwards to locate the unit needed. I truly enjoyed having lunch with him as we got caught up on the industry gossip and new products coming out. He loved his family and truly loved you, Sharon. Always a gentleman to my staff.
    Peace be with your family.
    Terry and Diane Plummer

  8. Light a CandleI work in customer service for Matthews, and Charlie was the first phone call I received out of training, 2 1/2 years ago. I was so nervous about being on my own at work, and Charlie immediately put me at ease. Every time he called to place an order, we would chat a little bit and because of his kindness and empathy he reminded me so much of my dad, who passed 7 years ago. Hearing from Charlie was like getting a hug from my dad. I never met him in person, but we spoke often at work, and were friends on Facebook. He was truly a blessing to me, and I am sure he was to everyone he ever met. He spoke of his family in the absolute highest regard and my heart breaks for each and every one of you. God bless you all; I am sending prayers for comfort and peace.

    Shelley King
    Rising Sun, Indiana

  9. I met Charlie through a local chiropractor as our appointments were always 1st thing. I enjoyed the many conversations Charlie and I had. Such a caring and wonderful person. He will be missed. Rest in peace friend.

  10. Sharon,

    Our family’s thoughts and prayers, always enjoyed the visits we had.

    Rob and Pam Dodson and Family

  11. Light a CandleMaddie and family,
    Prayers for you and all your family during this difficult time. May God be with you all and help ease your pain.

  12. Sincere condolences to Sharon and her family. Charlie was an amazing man, a blessing to our community and a breath of fresh air to all he met. Always a gentleman, his family was his pride and joy. Heaven now has another angel. He will be missed by many,

  13. Light a CandleCharlie had such a great passion and a Gift for helping others at one of the most difficult times in their lives. He made this his life’s work. So proud to have known him. Shirley and I appreciate the way He and Sharon treated us like family all those years they were here in Branson. He will surely be missed! But happy he is now with the Lord! Looking forward to seeing him again one day.

  14. Wishing the family and friends a song in your hearts, sunshine after the clouds, a rainbow after the rain. We enjoyed talking to Charlie when we were in Morrisonville, and he was always asking Richard what he was up to.
    The Hesterberg’s: Richard, Sherry, Tiffany, and Tahney

  15. Sharon and family, Sorry to read about Charlie. He was such a good person. I hope your memories give you comfort at this time and in the coming days. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. I am so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was such a good person. We always enjoyed chatting with him when he came to the bank. I know he will be greatly missed!

  17. Ann, Sharon, Heidi, and family…
    So sorry to read of Charlie’s passing. Prayers to each of you. I will forever remember helping carry in drywall with Charlie and he stepped in something and told Curly what a good dog he was! Many laughs will always be remembered and treasured with your family and Charlie!

  18. I had the pleasure of working with Sharon at Franklin Life 1974/1975. The two times I met Charlie I felt like I was his new best friend. Charlie had a positive outlook on life that you could not help but to like him. I am very sorry for your loss.

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