Carol Charles "Charlie" de Valcourt, 80, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Bay Area Regional Medical Center in Webster, TX surrounded by loved ones.
He is preceded in death by his first wife of 38 years, Eugenia "Gina" A. (Zaledounis); his oldest son, Glenn Charles, and his brother, Robert V. de Valcourt. Charlie is survived by his second wife of 14 years, Glora, his oldest brother, William T. de Valcourt, Jr. and son Edward A. along with Edward's family; his wife, Sylvia (Caudilla); and three grandchildren, Audrey, Elena, and Myles.
Born on December 14, 1934 in New Orleans, LA, the youngest child of William T., Sr. and Vivian (Gillette) de Valcourt, Charlie graduated from Jesuit High School of New Orleans. He then attended Tulane University completing his degree with Naval ROTC accreditation and continued into the United States Navy as an officer. Once there Charlie pursued his flight training and stepped into a naval career.
Charlie continued his naval career until 1968 where he retired from active duty as a Lt. Commander from the Atlantic Intelligence Center in Norfolk, VA. Following active duty, Charlie and family relocated to Clear Lake to participate in the Apollo program and continued his naval career in the reserves, retiring as a Commander. Charlie also completed his master's degree in Computer Science from University of Houston, Clear Lake and worked for Lockheed Aerospace onsite at Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center for 21 years.
In retirement, Charlie enjoyed time with family, traveling, dancing, and continued supporting the military. He and Glora were members of the Swingin' Seniors of Pasadena, TX for about 10 years, a member of MOAA (Military Officers Association of America), and an honor guard for VFW Post 6378 out of Dickinson, TX. Charlie was also an avid animal lover.
Charlie will be laid to rest on April 11, 2015 at Forest Park East Funeral Home and Cemetery in the family plot, alongside his son Glenn, his first wife Gina, and father-in-law, Adolfo Zaleduonis. Visitation will be from 10:30-12:00 p.m., followed by a Military Honor graveside service at 12:00 p.m. A reception will be held at Forest Park East immediately after the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks with gratitude that remembrances be made in Charlie's name to the SPCA or animal rescue organization of your choice.