In Memoriam


Charles Marvin Kahler
Charles Marvin Kahler
Class of 1953


The Virginian-Pilot, Wednesday, March 4, 2009


VIRGINIA BEACH - Charles M. "Chaz" Kahler, 74, died peacefully March 1, 2009, surrounded by family after a long, brave struggle from a stroke that occurred in April 2007. Charlie was born in Baltimore to George and Lillian Kahler. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jack.


He is survived by his sister, Peggy (Slade) Phillips; former wife, Rosalie (Phil) Draper; and children, Mark (Mary), Kevin (Kelly), Kelli (Gary) Wadsten, and Clay (Ariane). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Landon, Shea and Nash Kahler (Mark and Mary), Kristen, Stephanie and Cole Wadsten (Kelli and Gary) and Josh Zurawski (Kevin and Kelly).


Described by friends as the "World's Oldest Living Teenager," Charlie lived a life full of blessings that he was so grateful for. He would want to be remembered as a man who lived each day like it was his last and whose proudest accomplishment were his children. The self-described "Portsmouth Boy" shared both Frank Sinatra's "Ol' Blue Eyes" as well as the life theme of "I Did It My Way." Golf and shagging were among Charlie's passions in life. He was inducted into the Virginia Shaggers Hall of Fame in February 2008.


Charlie will be missed by family, friends and all of his angels who cared for him at National Health Care in Garden City, S.C. All are comforted knowing that he is dancing with Jesus in the Kingdom of Heaven. A celebration of Charlie's life will be held in Portsmouth at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club Friday, April 17, at 6 p.m. All friends are invited to attend and honor Charlie. Please sign Mr.
Kahler's online guestbook at



I just wanted to let you know that Charlie died last night in Myrtle Beach. The children are planning to have a celebration of his life at Elizabeth Manor Country Club on April 17th. Thank you for all of the cards and kind thoughts for the past 2 years.

Charlie had a number of strokes or heart attacks and his daughter brought him from Tidewater to their place in Myrtle Beach. Charlie's family operated Kahler's Grill on Afton Square for years. It may have been gone by your time. The Kahler's lived on Gillis Road toward Paradise Creek.