Hammon, Charles R. "Charlie"
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97, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 13, 2013, comforted by his wife of 64 years, Ernestine, and their cat, Miss Kitty. Born in Bradley, Oklahoma on March 13, 1916, to Charles A. and Mae Hammon, Charlie lived life the way he wanted in every respect. We were all blessed to have been part of it. One of 9 children, he moved with the family to Phoenix in 1940. He joined the US Army in 1943, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He fought in Luzon, Bismarck, Archipelago, Korea and the Philippines. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Bronze Service Arrowhead and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged from the army in 1945 and returned to Phoenix to work as a lineman for the telephone company. In 1948 he moved to Bagdad, Arizona, where he worked as a master mechanic for the copper mines. It was shortly after he arrived in Bagdad that he met the love of his life and lifetime companion, Ernestine. Charlie and Ernestine moved to Phoenix in 1959 to raise two daughters, Charlene and Marla. Charlie opened a Chevron gas station on 41st Street and McDowell, then moved to a Chevron station in Mesa, where he made many friends over the 15 years he owned the business. Charlie's passion was his family, followed closely by a love of the land. He was an avid gardener, fisherman and hunter. He and his family enjoyed 10 summers at their cabin in Strawberry, Arizona and later another 32 summers at their beautiful cabin in Heber, Arizona. He never met a stranger and was never happier than trading stories on the porch, on the patio or in the yard. Charlie is survived by his wife, Ernestine; sister, Ann Ziede (Frank); daughters Charlene Kingston (Dave), Marla Hultman (Bob); grandchildren Daniel, Jordan and Rachael, and great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Dylan. He also leaves a wonderful group of nieces and nephews in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and California He was pre-deceased by his parents, brothers Harold, Doug and Roy, sisters Mildred, Marge, Sadie and Ornez. A memorial service to celebrate his life is planned for 11AM on July 27th at First United Methodist Church, 5510 N. Central, Phoenix, 85012. Contributions to First United Methodist Church would be greatly appreciated.
Published in The Arizona Republic from July 21 to July 24, 2013