Thankful that my brother has finally found the peace that is so well deserved, especially for a combat veteran, but is so hard to find.
Hope you're playing again and look forward to playing with you when I join that ultimate band.
I first met Jake when I joined the Republic Band. I enjoyed the times we played together. He was a good player and will be missed.
I am so thankful for the kind sentiments from everyone here. I wish I could have been closer with my dad and am sad that he has gone. Thankfully he is healed now and I'm sure he is enjoying worshipping God in the best way he knows how, playing in the band.
I first got to know Jake when he showed up at a Republic Community Band rehearsal one evening. He came across to me at that time like a tough guy with lots of bluster and swagger. In spite of this outward appearance, it was clear from the start that he really enjoyed playing trumpet in the band, and that he was pretty good at it. Soon he began riding with my wife and me to band rehearsals on Thursday evenings. As we got to know him better, it gradually became clear that the bluster and swagger were mostly for show, and that underneath this veneer, he was really a very nice guy who genuinely liked people and would do anything within his power to help his friends and even casual acquaintances. He counted everyone in the band as his friend, and I think it is fair to say, all members of the band felt a great affection for him. He was a full participant in the band, not only playing in performances, but also willingly helping with the unpleasant but necessary tasks required to put on performances – moving percussion equipment, setting up chairs, etc. Even when he began having serious health issues that made it difficult for him to continue playing in the band, he came to rehearsals every week, making whatever contribution he could with his trumpet and enjoying every minute of it. We were all saddened when he finally felt he could no longer participate meaningfully in the band and stopped coming to rehearsals. His open friendliness, great sense of humor, and good musicianship continue to be missed by those of us who were privileged to be part of the band when he was a member
always sad to lose a crew member from The USS Ramsey DEG-2. I served on board Her from 1973-1977. I did not serve with Charles, but we served on the same ship. ENC (SW) USN. (ret)
I enjoyed visiting and playing with him
in the RCB for many years
Jake was a "friend" of the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Band and always performed with us at the Natiional Cemetery; and when it was time for "Taps", Jake was the man. He played Taps from the heart! He will live on in memories...
David and I are so sorry to hear of this. His presence in the band was special. Our condolences to his family.
As a little girl, I remember watching Chuck perform - he used to lip synch to albums of Spike Jones and I always laughed. Sometimes I was given the job of waking him up in the morning and he was such a grump! He was a heavy sleeper so I would take a yardstick and poke him until he woke. That way, if he was mad about being waked I was far enough away that he couldn't hit me.
When he went in the Navy, it was wartime (Vietnam) and he sent little gifts from different ports of call. I remember an Asian fan that I thought was so beautiful - I'd never seen one before.
I know that my brother was spiritual, so I look forward to sharing the joy of heaven with him. - Keri
As my big brother, you were a childhood hero of mine. You were faithful to write to me as you served your country. I love you and will miss you until we meet again. sis