Charles "Michael" Aaron, 59, of Salem died June 19, 2009, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
He was born on Dec. 17, 1949, in Salem, son of William H. and Thelma (Gardner) Aaron, and they preceded him in death. On July 13, 1973, he married Anneliese Egner in Eberbach, West Germany, and she survives in Salem.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Aaron is survived by four sons, Travis Aaron and Daniel Aaron, both of Salem, Karl Hammer of Sandoval, and Jurgen Hammer of Germany; four daughters, Renate Hammer of Germany, Sylvia Baker of Collinsville, Ute Smith of Salem and Ursula Morgan of Grafton, as sister, Judy Scrivner of Salem; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Hammer; a brother, William Travis Aaron; and two sisters, Beulah Shaffer and Marcia Pickett.
Mr. Aaron retired as superintendent for Quebecor-Pettty in Effingham. He was a retired veteran who had served in the U. S. ARmy. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he loved his family and grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Salem with the Rev. Bill Price officiating. Interment will follow at EAst Lawn Cemetery in Salem. Military honors will be accorded at the graveside by the Luther B. Easley American Legion Post of Salem.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p. m. Tuesday at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem and from 10 to 11 a. m. Wednesday at the church.
Memorials in his honor may be made to the American Cancer Society or Diabetes Foundation, and they will be accepted by the funeral home.
We extend our condolences to Mike's family.