Charles Stapleton

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Charles Alfred Stapleton
Apr 14, 1926 - Aug 10, 2014
Al Stapleton passed away with family by his side August 10, 2014 in Modesto, CA.  Al was born in Minnesota to Fredrick and Anna Stapleton, raised in Lake Park, Iowa where he graduated Valedictorian of his class.  It was said about Al, "If brains were money he would never be in debt," and that was so true.  He joined the U.S. Navy and was a World War II Veteran.  After the military he moved to California where he met and married the love of his life, Mary Lou Avilla.  They were married 47 years.  He worked in the grocery business for 30 plus years where he made life long friends.  He was a member of Retail Clerks and the Elks Lodge where he enjoyed friendships.  Upon retiring Al continued to enjoy life helping his wife flourish in her Mary Kay Cosmetic business by doing her bookwork. He loved traveling with her, family and friends to Hawaii, Alaska and trips to other states.  Al loved sports, especially baseball.  His teams were the Giants and the Yankees.  He enjoyed horseracing, bowling, gardening, reading, crossword puzzles and scrabble to name a few.  He especially loved his family and family activities.  He was a gamer.   He loved playing cards with family and friends.  Al was a man of integrity, honesty and love.  As a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church he believed in priorities: God first, family second and career third.  He lived his life in that order along with a wonderful big smile for all.  A better father and grandfather there couldn't have been.  His daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren were the apple of his eye.  He will be greatly missed but with broken hearts we are happy for him to begin his new life.
Al is survived by his daughter Sherry Walker (Ken), grand- daughters Crystal Walker-Kreiter (Jackson) and Lori Walker, sister Gladys Eiland (Alta Loma, CA) sisters-in-law Aileen Combs, Carol Barlow (Barry) and many loving nieces and nephews.  Al was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary, son Johnny, sisters Grace Wright and Mae Robinson.
Private burial at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.


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Franklin & Downs Funeral Home
1050 McHenry Avenue
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 529-5723
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Published in the Modesto Bee on Aug. 16, 2014
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