Charlie and Dottie were the first
to visit me when I moved onto their street in 2000. We became friends, and they were
the personification of "good neighbors". Charlie taught us about real courage, wisdom and charity in both word and deed. It has been an honor to know him.
Charlie and Dottie were the first people I met when I moved on my block across the street from them. They were delightful and I counted them as true friends. I spent many hours walking across the street just to visit with them - they were full of life. When Dottie dies in 2001, Charlie kept walking a life full of dignity and still giving to his community. He truly served his country and his stories of all that he went through were amazing. I miss him so much already - he was a true hero and a man who took interest in so many people and treated all with respect - he will be missed by so many. He led a life that should be immulated.
Charlie was a special person who just loved to tell his story as a Fighter Pilot in WW II at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. When I would give tours and have my group stop at Charlie's, he was always happy to see them and tell them his story. Many times I would have the people get up and give him a hug with tears in their eyes. Charlie you will be missed by everyone at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.
Charlie, Marilyn and I met at the Frontiers of Flight Museum several years ago. Charlie had a positive influence on many, many people...he could be direct and to the point. Charlie encouraged me to play Wiley Post, the famous aviator. Post was Charlie's hero as a kid. Charlie gave me information about Post that is used in my Living History portrayal at FOFM.
The best phone call Marilyn, Charlie and I had was on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
We love you Charlie,
Tim and Marilyn
" Even though I only knew Charlie for a brief time, it was my honor and priviledge to have know him at all. I spent several Saturdays with him, listening to him tell the museum guests his memories of his time at war. I will never forget how moved I was to listen and how moved the guests were to here his experiences. We have truly lost a friend and a hero. Charlie will always be remembered and greatly missed. May God Bless You Sir."