Charles Fredrick Twitchell
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On August 24, 2014, Charles Fredrick Twitchell slipped the mortal bands of this earth to go home to his Heavenly Father and his sweet, eternal wife. Charles (Charlie) was surrounded by family and those who loved him as he passed into his new celestial home.
Charlie was born July 26, 1923, in St. George, Utah to Edrick and Ella Twitchell. Charlie spent most of his life in his beloved hometown of Enterprise, Utah. His father died while Charlie was still a baby, leaving him and his four brothers to be raised by a single mother during the Great Depression. Growing up in hard times made Charlie a tough man at an early age. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and fought in the European Front of World War II as an infantry man. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944. Near the end of his service, he married his hometown sweetheart, Juliette (Etta) Adams on August 1, 1945. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple.
After his release from the service, Charlie and Etta raised seven children, 47 grandchildren and 113 great grandchildren. They raised their children together, working side by side on a family farm where they raised a variety of crops. It was there that they taught their children the importance of hard work, a trait still valued by their children and grandchildren. To help financial ends meet, Charlie worked a full shift in a nearby iron mine, and then worked on his farm in his off hours. Through sheer will and hard work, Charlie became one of the most successful farmers in the Enterprise area.
Despite long hours of hard work, Charlie had many interests and hobbies. He loved deer hunting throughout his life. He spent days in the hills near Enterprise during the deer hunt with his wife, children and grandchildren. Filling a tag was secondary in importance to spending time with his family in the same hills that he grew up in. Charlie loved to fish. Later in life, he and his wife were able to buy a small summer home in Alaska where they could spend their days chasing the next big catch.
Charlie loved to be surrounded by children, especially his own grandchildren. He rarely had much time at home without the company of the children that he loved so much. Charlie also had a very kind heart towards animals. He loved dogs and was never very far from a canine companion. During his workday on the farm, he often encountered wounded or abandoned wildlife, which he would bring home for his young children to nurse back to health.
Charlie is survived by six of his seven children: Nancy Wood (Ray) of Eagle, Idaho; Gail Wilcock (Roy) of Enoch, Utah; Janis Jones (Rudy) of Riverdale, Utah; Donna Hulet (the late Robert Hulet) of Enoch, Utah, Charles Wayne Twitchell (Maria) of Enterprise, Utah; and Steven Adams Twitchell (Clairene) of Enterprise, Utah; his son-in-law Robert Holt of Enterprise, Utah.
Charlie was preceded in death by his wife, Etta Twitchell; daughter, JoAnn Holt; his granddaughters JoLynn Holt and Shantell Marie Wood; two sons-in-law: Lee Grygla and Robert Hulet; his parents and his four brothers: Bert, Carl, Grant, and Ted.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Enterprise Stake Center, 80 South Center Street, Enterprise, Utah. A visitation will be held prior to services Saturday, August 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Stake Center. Interment will be at the Enterprise City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. For condolences, full obituary, and funeral listings please visit our website www.metcalfmortuary.com.
Metcalf Mortuary - St. George
288 West St. George Blvd.
St. George, UT 84770
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Aug. 28, 2014