DANVILLE -- Charles D. Bankes, 85, of 191 Jade Ave., died on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, in the emergency room at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born Aug. 11, 1925, in Bloomsburg, a son of the late Luther and Edna (Schell) Bankes. His first wife, the former Evelyn Fisher, predeceased him on Dec. 6, 1980. In 1981, he married the former Betty Troup. She predeceased him in 2001 after 20 years of marriage.

Charles was an Army veteran, having served honorably during World War II.

He retired from Merck in Riverside, where he worked as a pipefitter.

Charles was a member of Shiloh United Church of Christ, Danville, a member of the Frank W. Sidler, American Legion Post 40, Danville, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 298, Danville, the Danville Lodge No. 1133 Loyal Order of the Moose, and the Montour County Sportsmen's Club.

He is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Lois Bankes, of Muncy; one stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Corey and Ruthann Troup, of Selinsgrove; one stepgrandson, Ryan Troup, and one stepgranddaughter, Erin Troup.

In addition to his parents and two wives, Charles was preceded in death by one sister, Imogene Schick, and one stepson, Joel Troup.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main St., Watsontown, where the funeral will be held at 11, with his pastor, the Rev. Mary Schmotzer, officiating.

Burial will follow in the Watsontown Cemetery.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions may be made in Charles' memory to Shiloh United Church of Christ, 500 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821, or the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701, or to the American Diabetes Association, Wilkes-Barre PA Office, 65 E. Elizabeth Ave., Suite 502, Bethlehem, PA 18018.

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