ALTON — The Moyer brothers, for the first time since meeting the brother they did not know they had until five years ago — Charley Kevilous — were able to come to Charley’s hometown and enjoy his company.
Charley “Moyer,” also known as “Joey the Can Man” and as Charley Kevilous, is someone of repute in Alton. He has a special place reserved for him at Aunt Sam’s Uptown Eatery, and he’s been known to enhance the mood of everyone who meets him.
“Charley knows everyone’s birthday,” said his eldest brother, Bill. “If he knows you, he knows your birthday.”
The brothers decided to have their meet up Saturday morning at Castelli’s Restaurant on Fosterburg Road. Bill, Mike, and Patrick Moyer were all there with their wives awaiting Charley’s arrival. The event was in honor of Charley’s 69th birthday.
Previously, Charley and the other Moyer brothers were together at their brother Patrick’s daughter’s wedding in Lake Geneva, Ill., last June. They are trying to spend as much time with him as they can since discovering his existence five years ago.
Charley was placed into an orphanage by his mother at birth and sent to the Lincoln State Home by his adoptive family. The other brothers were adopted after Charley went to the Lincoln State Home. They were not informed of his existence.
“They didn’t talk about such things back then,” Patrick said.
“We’re like a bunch of ‘Pound Puppies’,” added Mike Moyer, another of Charley’s long-lost brothers, referring to a group of plush toys popular in the 1980s and sold by Tonka.
The Moyer brothers found Charlie when Patrick received a social security claim from a brother he had never heard was born to their mother. He investigated the claim and his wife, Linda, found articles online about Charley’s adventures and exploits around Alton on The Telegraph’s website.
“We were amazed and ecstatic,” Patrick said.
When Charley arrived Saturday at Castelli’s, he was assisted by Dale Neudecker who pushed his wheelchair and takes care of Charley, who has severe cerebral palsy. Charley collects aluminum cans to make a living. This lifestyle often leads to him being harassed, ridiculed, and threatened by thoughtless, mean people. But many other townspeople adore Charley.
“The people in this town have been phenomenal to Charley,” said Patrick, particularly about Neudecker, Aunt Sam’s Uptown Eatery employees and staff, and everyone else who takes time from their days to appreciate Charley.
“He’s on cloud nine right now,” Neudecker noted as he removed Charley’s sunglasses, which Charley himself said made him look like Elvis.
Charley’s eyes were especially blue and shiny when he stood from his wheelchair and posed with his brothers he never knew he had for a pre-dinner photograph.
The brothers plan on spending more time with Charley in the future. Patrick and Mike live outside of Chicago and Bill lives in South Bend, Ind., so the timing is often difficult for all of them.