Michael Kamp Charles, 75, Republic, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at Salina Regional Hospital.
He was born March 16, 1942, in Belleville to Donald Evans Charles and Jean (Kendig) Charles.
He graduated from Republic High School in 1960 and Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1964. In 1971, he completed a master’s degree in journalism from Kansas State.
He married Susie Haver.
After college he entered the Peace Corps and served in the Philippines. After returning, he taught in Kensington and spent several years teaching English as a second language in Saudi Arabia. He also farmed and in retirement started a catering business that he operated until his death.
He served as mayor of his hometown and on the boards of the Rae Hobson Memorial Library and the Kansas Barn Alliance. Mike embodied the spirit of the citizen activist through his passion for nature, the environment and conservation, as well as his activism on issues he felt strongly about, such as the farm crisis or against the nuclear White Train. Mike was a true humanitarian — always going out of his way to help those around him, whether with his hard work or his caring demeanor and compassionate nature.
Mike enjoyed traveling and experiencing other cultures. He went often to Jamaica, where he made many friends and took a good many others to share in his love of their culture.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy (Charles) Gabriel; and his father.
He is survived by his mother, Republic; a brother, John Patrick Charles, Hays; a niece, Christie (Petersen) Kairos and husband Sunny, Portland, Ore.; a nephew, Dane Petersen and wife, Jill Nienhiser of Alexandria, Va.; two nephews, Hayes Charles and wife, Keri, Coon Rapids, Iowa, and Evan Charles, Hays; and a niece, Hayley Charles, Denver.
Memorial services were Feb. 2 at Republic High School with Pastor Roger Walls officiating. Private inurnment was at the Charles family plot at Lake Cemetery, Republic. Memorials can be made in his name to the family and will be distributed to charities of his choice.
Arrangements by Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville.