Plainfield, IN– Charles (Charlie) H. Muston, Sr., 81, of Plainfield, Indiana passed away on September 1, 2018. Charlie was born September 27, 1936 in Avon, Indiana to Irvin Sr. and Beula (Barker) Muston. He was a graduate of Avon High School and Indiana State University where he was an outstanding tennis player. While in high school, Charlie, along with his doubles partner won the 1953 Indiana Open Junior Doubles Title. While in college, he earned an annual scholarship and was awarded an athletic letter each year for playing tennis.
Prior to entering college, Charlie married his high school sweetheart, Harriett Kepner, on May 20, 1956. After receiving a Bachelors of Science in Education, he began his teaching career as a mathematics teacher and boys tennis coach at Seymour High School in Seymour, Indiana. After a couple of years, Charlie transferred to Danville High School, Danville, IN and continued to teach and coach. In 1968, he accepted a job at Plainfield High School, Plainfield, IN continuing his career of teaching mathematics and subsequently, coaching boys tennis. During his tenure at Plainfield High School, Charlie would earn a Masters of Science in Education degree from Indiana University and was promoted to Director of Athletics, where he served for 20 years. Charlie will be remembered for working countless hours teaching, coaching, mentoring students and gaining the respect of all. For his service to education, Charlie received numerous awards. Governor Evan Bayh honored Charlie in 1996 with the prestigious Indiana’s Sagamore of the Wabash, an award for distinguished service to Hoosiers. At Plainfield High School, he was named Teacher of the Year and was an active member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association. Additionally, he would be inducted into Avon High School Wall of Fame. Charlie and Harriett were named Alumni of the Year for Avon High School in 1997. Other civic organizations that Charlie had participated in included Boy Scouts of America, where he was a life scout, the Southport Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, the Murat temple, German American Klub of Indianapolis, and the Indianapolis Liederkranz. Many will remember him as playing “Santa” for community organizations and children.
In addition to his parents, Irvin Sr. and Beula (Barker) Muston, he was preceded in death by sisters, Ada Muston and Peggy Perkins; brother, Donald Muston; and grandchildren, Halimae Scarfey Muston and Ava Marie Zellers.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Harriett (Kepner) Muston; sons, Chuck (Kim) and Mark (Faith); daughter, Janet Muston; grandchildren, CJ Muston (Kirston), Megan (Kyle) Westrick, Heather Muston, Ashley (Wes) Zellers, Brittney (Alex) Daugherty and Courtney Muston. Great grandchildren include Brinkley, Clark, Tate and Louna Muston; Cole and Sydney Westrick; Madilynn and Paige Zellers; brothers, Ray (Linda) and Irvin Jr. (Shirley) Muston; sister, Sara (Bill) Rutledge; sister-in-law, Marilyn Muston; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Plainfield United Methodist Church, where Charlie was a member, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral service will follow on Thursday, September 6, 2018 11:00 am at Plainfield United Methodist Church. Memorial Contributions can be made to Plainfield Community Schools Legacy Foundation at www.pcslegacyfoundation.org. Envelopes will be available at the church. Visit www.hamptongentry.com to view obituary, sign the online guest registry, send private condolences, and view Charlie’s Life Story. Hampton Gentry Funeral Home is privileged to assist the family with arrangements.