Charles McPike

Charles McPike

November 25, 1938 July 6, 2019

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Obituary for Charles M. McPike

Charles Milton McPike passed away in his home on July 6, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan surrounded by his loving family after an extended illness. He was 80 years old.

Mr. McPike was born on November 25, 1938 in Jacksonville, Illinois to his parents Alonzo McPike and Dola Lee Brown. After graduating from Jacksonville High School Mr. McPike attended Illinois College where he majored in Psychology and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960. He was conferred a Master of Arts degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from University of Illinois in 1962.

While attending Illinois College, Charles would meet a beauty from the neighboring women’s college, MacMurray. Charles McPike and Verneva Rose Elliott were married on August 20, 1960. Charles and Verneva welcomed their first child, Ursula Yvette, in 1961. In 1963 the McPike’s relocated to Michigan where Charles began his career at Ford Motor Company. In 1965 they welcomed their second child, Tamber Jania. A short ten years passed and in 1975 they welcomed their third child, Tia Danette. After 35 years of service in Human Resources, Charles retired from Ford Motor Company in 1998.

Influenced by his mother’s commitment to servicing the community, Mr. McPike dedicated his career to recruiting recent college graduates and helping them embark on exciting and rewarding professions. He was always available to offer counsel, support and guidance in their pursuit. He was particularly proud of his contributions to the company’s diversity by providing opportunities for those who were frequently underrepresented.

Mr. McPike was preceded in death by his father, Alonzo McPike; his stepfather, Clarence Robinson; his beloved mother, Dola Robinson; and his brother, Joseph Lawrence.

He is survived by his precious wife of 59 years, Verneva; three daughters, Ursula McPike (Chicago, IL), Tamber McPike (Belleville, MI), and Tia McPike-McDyess (Ann Arbor, MI); his grandson, Jordon McPike-Brown; his granddaughter, Taylor McDyess; his sister, Ruth Ann McPike; his brother, Robert Reese; his uncle, Abraham Brown; and a myriad of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Public visitation will be held at Nie Family Funeral Home (2400 Carpenter Road, Ann Arbor, MI) on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM with the funeral service immediately following at 11:00 AM. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mr. McPike’s life.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you donate to the Dola Robinson Scholarship Fund c/o Illinois College Office of Development and Alumni Associates, 1101 West College Avenue, Jacksonville, IL 62650.

Mr. McPike will have a private burial at the Jacksonville East Cemetery in Jacksonville, IL on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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  • Visitation

    Saturday July 13, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Carpenter Road Chapel
    2400 Carpenter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday July 13, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Saturday July 13, 2019 | 11:00am
    Carpenter Road Chapel
    2400 Carpenter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday July 13, 2019

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Kay Black

My husband has spoken of Milt McPike often and what an outstanding talent he was in high school. We send our sincere condolences to the family and prayers for comfort and peace.Kay and Bob Black
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Rbera Foston M.D.

My brother-in-law. Charles was also an accomplished artist and loved all types of art. I will miss our thought provoking telephone conversations and how he always had an encouraging word for me.Rebera Foston, M.D,
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To the family,I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Charles. I worked for him many years ago at T&C Division. He was a very kind and patient supervisor. I learned a lot from him and we laughed a lot. I will always remember him with much fondness. I pray for God's comfort for you during this time and going forward.Rosalind Cox
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