Charles Byron Carper
April 18, 1923 - July 10, 2013
Charles Byron Carper, Atascadero, CA, formerly of Inglewood, CA. Our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, affectionately known as "Chuck", passed away at his home surrounded by his family after a brief illness at the age of 90. Left to treasure his memory are his three children: Alison (Mike) VanNorman of Saginaw, MI, Teresa Carper of Atascadero, CA, Mark (Felicity) Carper of Australia; eight grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, four nieces and their families. Charles was preceded in death by four of his children: Laura Ann Carper, Byron Carper, Christine Boyd and Diane Christopher; his parents, Charles M. and Vera (Miller) Carper and his sister, Mary Louise Auld. Mr. Carper was born in Lincoln, NE. At the age of 6, his family moved to Inglewood, CA where he grew up and lived most of his life, graduating from Inglewood High School in 1941. He entered the Naval Civil Engineering program at USC where he received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, class of 1944, member of Theta Xi Fraternity. He was proud to have served in the Navy as a Construction Battalion (Seabee) Officer in the South Pacific during WWII. While continuing in the Navy Reserves, Charles worked on projects such as the Matilija Dam and other Los Angeles area freeway projects as a Surveyor for the Southern California Gas Company. Charles eventually retired as an Engineering Liaison Manager at Northrop Grumman Corporation, after 33 years of dedicated employment. Charles Carper was the model of a kind and generous person. He greatly valued education and enjoyed outdoor life with his family. He had an infectious laugh, a unique sense of humor and beautiful blue eyes. He had many hobbies and interests such as photography, camping, range shooting and astronomy. He loved animals and enjoyed extensive traveling in the United States and across Northern Europe, and told many stories of WWII.
Graveside Navy Honor Guard Service will take place at 2 p.m., August 13, 2013 at the Inglewood Park Cemetery, reception to follow at one of his favorite restaurants (location TBA). The family will be present prior to service until 1:30 p.m. at the Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary. While flowers are welcome, memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers, in Chuck's name, to www.HumaneSociety.org, www.AtascaderoFriendsoftheLibrary.org, www.Elephantseal.org or
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Published in Daily Breeze from Aug. 8 to Aug. 11, 2013