Charles R. "Bates" Mira, 79, of Bellevue, died unexpectedly Friday, November 16, 2007, at the Bellevue Hospital.
Mira was born on June 17, 1928 in Bellevue to Joesph R. Mira and Rose (Triona) Mira-Wre, both deceased. Bates graduated from Bellevue High School in 1946 and entered the U.S. Navy in 1946 and wasdischarged in 1948. He was member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Bellevue, the VFW in Bellevue and the Club Ameritel, and he served on the board of the former IAB Club in Sandusky. Bates was a special consultant for the Bellevue Beer Dock Lounge and Pizza Room andCharlie's Drive Thru in Bellevue.
His family was a great enjoyment and love for him including in-laws in the large Muratori family in Sandusky.
Mira retired in 1987 after31 years at Ford Motor Company in Sandusky, where he had been supervisor. Prior to the Ford Motor Company, he had worked for the N&W Railroad. He also owned and operated the Mira's Cafe and its successor the Mardi Gras Lounge.
Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Dora (Muratori) Mira, whom he married April 24, 1954; three daughters Cheryl A. Mira, Belleville, Michigan; Denise M. (Michael R.) Widner, Northwood, Ohio; Lisa M. Mira, Bellevue; a son Charles J. Mira (DeeAnn Tilley), Holland, Ohio; five grandchildren Erin (Matt) Spidare, David Widner, Lindsay (Tony) Katschke, Audrey Ann (Lucius) Mira and Charles B. Mira; four brothers Anthony J. Mira, Carl J. (RoseAnna) Mira, James J. Mira, Joseph W. (Pat) Mira; and one sister Rosemary Klinski, all of Bellevue.
He was preceded in death by his sister Theresa M. Anderson.
Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castlia St., Bellevue. Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. The funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Bellevue, with the Rev. Keith Stripe officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellevue.
Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.auxterfuneralhomes.com.