Charles Robert Foote died at his home on April 13, 2014, after a brief illness. He was the son of the late Ralph A. Foote and Sylvia (Pastene) Foote. Charles was born in Proctor, Vermont and spent his early years in Orwell, graduating from Middlebury High School in 1942. In high school Charles lettered in all four sports all four years, but his true joy in sports was football. He was proud of his prowess as a corner back but he loved all positions. In fact, he liked to say that he derived the most fun in tackling his opponents. In 1991 the Alumni Association of Middlebury High School named him to the Hall of Fame. He also loved his Miami Dolphins. Charles attended the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. He served with the 1264th Engineer Combat Battalion in Europe. When he was discharged he returned to RPI, graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering. He also earned a Master of Education from the University of Vermont in 1951. While in Brownwood, Texas, training for the Army, Charles received his orders for the European Theater. His childhood sweetheart Sheila Stone made the bold move of traveling alone from Vermont to Texas by train. They were married September 8, 1944 and Charles was shipped out soon after. Charles became a widower when his wife Sheila died after 48 years of marriage. Their marriage was one of love and travel, they moved frequently because of Charles' recall to the Army during the Korean Conflict and his long career in the aerospace industry, starting with Link Aviation in the early days of flight simulators. He retired from Martin Marietta in 1987 after working with the Pershing Missile among many other projects. He enjoyed retirement in New Smyrna Beach. He played golf and was extremely proud of his three Holes in One, two of which were played at the New Smyrna Municipal Golf Club where he made many friends. He was a member of the New Smyrna Yacht Club and had many pleasant afternoons playing bridge there. Charles and Phyllis Harbula Cain married on April 30, 2005 following a leisurely courtship. Phyllis survives him as do her children, Andrea Cain and her partner Lou Tozer, and the Doctors John and Carolyn Cain and their daughters, Hope and Mary Scott. Charles is also survived by his daughter, Marcia and her husband, D. Michael Mathes of Orlando, his grandchildren, Bristol Mathes and her husband, Tom Hay, and Nathaniel and Alyson Mathes and Charles' great-grandson Arlo Mathes. Also surviving is his daughter, Valerie P. Livaudais and husband, Octave of Garland, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings, Thalia Beran, Ralph A. Foote, and Janice Guglin. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Charles lived a life full of love, laughter and good times with friends and family. He will be missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in his honor to NAMI, P.O. Box 961, Tallahassee, Florida 32322, or the
. Memorial service will be 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at Settle-Wilder's New Smyrna Beach chapel, with the Reverend Andrew Pollock, officiating. Condolences may be made online at www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 15, 2014