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Charles Nelson Detweiler
Passed: Sunday July 2, 2017

Charles Nelson Detweiler passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 2nd 2017. Nelson was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania on May 12, 1935 to Berwyn Scott Detweiler and Mary Lyndall Jamison. He was known for his shiny bicycles and softball skills. At Uniontown High School, he was Drum Major for the band and President of the Class of 1953. He served in the United States Army and studied at Juniata College and Robert Morris University. Nelson married his childhood sweetheart, Jill Barnett and they began wedded life in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he sold cars for Slaton and Mayes Chevrolet and founded the Detweiler Motor Company. Nelson was a 50-year member of Doric Masonic Lodge No. 140 and the Mahi Shriners. Jill and Nelson raised three children in Fort Lauderdale and Charlotte: Craig, Dixie and Drew. After a career in auto sales Nelson worked for the United States Postal Service with the National Association of Letter Carriers. He lived 82 robust years, including 25 years after triple bypass heart surgery. His passion remained all things automotive from classic Studebakers to the roar of NASCAR. He traded vintage parts (and stories) at the annual AutoFairs in Charlotte. He also loved music from big band to bluegrass. Nelson retired to the Villages in Florida joining The Motor Racing Fan Club and tapping his feet to nightly music on the square. On his last birthday, Nelson enjoyed a front row seat to hear The Beach Boys. Nelson was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Phil; sister, Marilyn; daughter, Dixie. He is survived by brothers: Berwyn, Herb, and Alan; wife, Jill; sons: Craig and Drew; daughters-in-law Caroline and Angela; and grandchildren: Zoe, Theo, and Elise. Nelson’s life will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017 at ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in Uniontown. Private interment will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Uniontown, PA. Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church or to your charity of choice. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at adferguson.com or on the funeral home Face Book page.

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