Waynedale Obituaries


CARL VICTOR BINKLEY, 98, long time resident of Markle, died peacefully in his sleep early Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at Concord Village and Lutheran Home, Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he had lived for the past four years. He had been in declining health and a patient of Family Hospice and Palliative Care for the past 2 1/2 years.


He was born January 15, 1911 in Stockton, Illinois, to George and Emma May Whisler Binkley. On July 30, 1938, he married Catherine Willson of Pleasant Valley, IL. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in July 2008.

He is survived by his wife, 8 children and their spouses, 22 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. A grandson, great grandson, three brothers, and three sisters are deceased.

Together, Carl and Catherine, both ordained ministers of the Churches of God General Conference, pastored churches for over 44 years; first serving several churches in Illinois; then the Mt. Tabor Church of God, Celina, Ohio and the Church of God, Idaville, Indiana. His last pastorate was the Markle Church of the Brethren from 1977 to 1982. After retirement in 1982 Carl remained active in the ministry of visitation and pulpit supply in the Wells and Huntington County area into his early 90s.

In addition to his wife, Catherine, survivors include sons Victor (Donna) Binkley, Bluffton, IN; twins David (Sherrie) Binkley, Perrysburg, OH and Jonathan (Barbara) Binkley, Toledo, OH; Stephen (Char) Binkley, Ossian, IN; Timothy (Lou Ann) Binkley, Fort Wayne, IN; daughters Rose Mary (Joe) Lampton, Zanesville, IN; Ruth Ann (Larry) Whatley, Ossian, IN; Rebekah (John) Montgomery, Kewanee, IL.

Our Dad was the best role model for living life to the fullest, how to love and raise a family, and how to serve the community. He lived what he taught and was an open book–what we saw and who he was were one and the same. He was a warm and loving man of great wisdom. He lived a God honoring life with personal integrity in good times and bad. We are a blessed family.

Visitation was from noon to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009 at the Zanesville IN, Church of God. A celebration service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Internment will be in the Lanark City Cemetery, Lanark, IL. Arrangements are provided by Elzey Patterson Rodak Funeral Home in Fort Wayne, IN.

At Carl’s request, reflecting his passion of caring “for the least of these” as stated in Matthew 25, preferred memorials are the Churches of God Project Help mission in Haiti, Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Berne, IN, or donor’s choice in lieu of flowers.

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