Charles (Chuck) L. Tilton Jr.
AGE: 81 • Barnegat
Charles L. Tilton Jr. (Chuck), 81, of Barnegat, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood. Charles was born Feb. 3, 1933 in Lakehurst and traveled across various countries while serving in the Armed Forces, finally retiring in Barnegat 2 ½ years ago. During his time in the military, he served for 22 years in the U.S. Air Force
serving tours in both the Korean and Vietnam War
s. During the Korean War
, he was assigned to the 502nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group of the 606 AC&W Squadron. Charles also completed numerous international assignments with the U.S. Air Force including serving as the Military Assistance Advisor and Joint Military Advisor positions in Madrid Spain. He also served in Turkey and Germany in a variety of positions including Chief Instructor at the Military Dog School in Europe training narcotic dogs for the US Air Force. Post-military, Charles continued with his lifelong service to others holding positions as the President of the Lakehurst First Aid Squad, Vice President of Lakehurst Board of Education, City Councilman and Police Commissioner for the Borough of Lakehurst. Later, Charles served as the Deputy Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer for Stafford Township and spent many years in support of U.S. citizens recovering from disasters through his work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Charles was predeceased by his mother, Mary H. Tilton; father, Charles L. Tilton Sr.; and brother, Alton H. Tilton. He is survived by his wife, Judith M. Chinery Tilton; 3 children, Timothy Hasson of Somerset, Michelle Klewicki of Tuckerton, and Donald Hasson of Tuckerton; his brother, Gerald H. Tilton of Texas; 5 grandchildren, John, Melissa, Anthony, Cody and Amanda and 10 nieces and nephews. Viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. & 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at DeGraff Lakehurst Funeral Home, 119 Union Ave., Lakehurst followed by interment at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arneytown. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.degrafffuneralhome.com