Father Charles J. Bindner, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville and retired chaplain in the United States Army, died on May 3 after a sudden illness. He was 83.
Father Bindner was ordained a priest on May 31, 1958. He served as an associate pastor at St. Clement and St. Barnabas churches before becoming an Army chaplain.
He served in the U.S. Army for about 20 years. He served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 with the Second Brigade, First Infantry Division, and later with the 6th Convalescent Center.
He served in Seoul, South Korea from 1971 to 1972 with the Artillery Brigade of the 2nd Division.
During his time as a chaplain, he also served for periods as associate pastor of St. Christopher Church in Radcliff, Ky.
He retired from the military in 1985 as a Lieutenant Colonel and was a Purple Heart recipient.
Father Bindner served as pastor of Holy Family Church from 1985 to 1988 and St. Timothy Church from 1988 to 1991.
He also served as associate pastor and later as administrator of St. Helen Church from 1991 to 1993. He retired in 2001.
He had lived for the last year at Nazareth Home.
He is survived by his sister Mary Anne Marien and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on May 9 at Mary Queen of Peace Church, 4005 Dixie Highway. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz will be the main celebrant and Father Tom Gentile will give the homily.
Visitation will be at Joseph E. Ratterman and Son, 7336 Southside Drive, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 8 and at Mary Queen of Peace Church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 9. Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.