Charles Pike, founder of Superior Mattress Co. in Evansville, Ind., died Feb. 7. He was 75.
Along with his wife, Virginia, Pike owned and operated Superior Mattress for more than 40 years. The Pikes also owned Motel Mattress Distributors, Mattress Factory Showroom Inc. and Mattress Distributors, all based in Evansville. In addition, Pike was a partner in and chief executive officer of Mega Matt Enterprises, MSF Performance.com and Mattress-Factory.com.
His family said Pike “loved the mattress business and the challenges that came with business in general.” He enjoyed serving as a mentor and, over the years, offered assistance to many people seeking to open their own businesses.
Pike was a U.S. Army veteran, who was named a Kentucky Colonel in the 1970s. The honorary title is bestowed by the governor of Kentucky on individuals and organizations in recognition of their merit and high achievement.
Survivors include his wife, son Steven, sister Teresa Ling and many nieces and nephews.