Rene' L. Anger ("Chuck"), retired master sergeant, U.S. Air Force, of Valparaiso, Fla., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
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Mr. Anger is preceded in death by his parents, Lionel C. and Aurore B. Anger; a sister, Estelle; daughter, Jane; infant son, Mark; and beloved wife, Hilda. He is survived by his loving daughter, Deborah Anger; three step-sons, John Bledsoe (Cindy), Greg Bledsoe (Keitha) and Paul Bledsoe (Char); grandchildren, Joelle Morris, Joshua Bledsoe, Peter Bledsoe, Bret Bledsoe, Amber Bledsoe, Aubrey Bledsoe, and Micah Bledsoe; and great-grandchildren, Kace and Chloe Weavers, and Caden and Kilee Morris. He also leaves behind his brother, Robert "Bobby" Anger, and brother at heart, former military comrade, Bob Morton, of Greensboro, N.C.
Chuck was born in Woonsocket, R.I., on Aug. 10, 1926. He entered the military in 1943, serving in the U.S. Navy attached to the Marines, and the U.S. Air Force until his retirement at Eglin Air Force Base in 1974. He served our country in World War II, surviving the third wave at Iwo Jima, Korea, and four tours of Vietnam/Thailand. In 1965, the U.S. Air Force started building up the Thai Air Force base at Ubon, Thailand, to support the war in Viet Nam. With very little equipment, Chuck, his friend and comrade Bob Morton, and some other fellow airmen helped to put together a base radio station to provide entertainment for the troops.
Following his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Chuck remained in broadcast radio, serving for several years as program director for WFSH-Am radio in Valparaiso. He received an AA degree in Criminal Justice, and a BA and MA in Communications from the University of West Florida. He taught communications and film history for Troy University, and Okaloosa-Walton Community College (now Northwest Florida State College). Chuck served as the Valparaiso Emergency Management Coordinator for several years. He and his late wife, Hilda, were very active at Immanuel Anglican Church, Destin.
Arrangements are entrusted to McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave SE, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Chuck loved life, and lived it to the fullest. In his later years, he was happiest when fishing, watching the great films of history with his beloved Hilda, and taking care of his little dog. Chuck loved his church family and felt especially close to his priest, Father Mike Hesse. Special thanks to his friend Bob Morton, for all his efforts to honor Chuck, and keep the memory of his contributions to the military service alive. Funeral services for Mr. Rene L. Anger were held on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Immanuel Anglican Church in Destin, Fla., with interment at Sunset Cemetery in Valparaiso at a later date. Memorial gifts can be made to the building fund of Immanuel Anglican Church, Destin.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.McLaughlinMortuary.com.
17 Chestnut Ave SE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Jan. 21, 2014