Charles Szakacs Jr.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Charles (Chuck) "Buddy" Szakacs, Jr. 78, beloved husband of Mrs. Jeanne (Newman) Szakacs for over 56 years, departed this life, entering into Eternal Glory on Monday, December 2, 2013. Born and raised in Palmerton, PA., he was the eldest son of the late Anna (Kralic) Schneck and Charles Cook, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Boger; and brother, Dennis Szakacs. Chuck was a devout Christian and served the Lord in various capacities throughout his life. He was a dedicated patriot, serving our country during the Korean and Vietnam wars, retiring from the US Army after 28 years of service. While on his tour of duty in Germany, he hand-carved a Shepherd's Crook as testimony to his profound faith and commitment to God. Crafted from the branch of a 50 y/o Pear tree, he presented it to Bishop Greene of the US Army along with several crucifixes he carved for the Acolytes serving his Episcopal church.
He later retired from Lockheed-Martin Aeronautics Co. as a security specialist. His dedication to the sanctity of marriage, family and volunteer service to community was proven via his ongoing commitments. Upon final retirement he became involved with the Blinded Veterans Association, accepting appointment as President of the Northern Chapter for three terms. He was proud of his membership and participation with the Boy Scouts of America, repeated service as a soccer coach, and of being a Freemason. He believed it was important to leave any place you've been in better condition than you found it; he definitely left this world a better place and upheld his standards.He was well known for his vibrant personality, incredible sense of humor, love for singing, and his impressive talent for story-telling. He was a loving, generous, devoted family man and friend; selfless and kindhearted, he was an Angel on Earth to some and hero to many, especially his survivors; he is survived by his: daughters: Susan Tingen (Mac) of Trenton, SC, and Kim Martin (Dennis) of North Augusta, SC; son: David Szakacs (Michelle) of Dallas, TX; grandchildren: Sean Carter, Anna Szakacs, Michael Tingen, Miranda Martin, Madison Szakacs, Noah Martin, Ethan Szakacs, and Isabella Szakacs; great-grandchild: Louis Tingen; brothers: Michael Szakacs (Donna) of Lehighton, PA, and G. James Schneck (Diane), of Stroudsburg, PA; sisters: Barbara Kardash (Harry) of Scotch Plains, NJ, and Kathryn Driscoll (Jim) of Culpeper, VA; his Uncle Ernie Saks (Norma) of WA; his Aunt Betty Soulliere of Mary, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews. At his request, a private memorial with full military honors will be held at a later date (to be determined). Memorial donations and gifts may be sent to: Blinded Veterans Association, 477 H Street, Northwest Washington, DC 20001-2694
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Dec. 15, 2013
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