Obituary Condolences

Haggard, Charlie Lee

On January 15, 2013, Charlie's long fight with cancer ended when he was called home to heaven, by the lord his God, who embraced him and congratulated him for a job well done. Charlie was born in Higginsville, Missouri on March 27, 1931 to John and Frieda Haggard. He was the last surviving sibling of nine children. During WWII, his older sisters brought him out to Southern California, the land of milk and honey. On a blind date arranged by friends, Charlie met Marlene Hansen who he married in 1953. Charlie and Marlene bought a home in pre Disneyland Anaheim, where they raised three sons, Leslie, Richard and Kevin.

Charlie worked for the Firestone Tire Co. In 1959, a time in this country when optimism was the prevailing attitude, and risk taking and entrepreneurial endeavors were encouraged and respected, Charlie started Air filter sales. In 1965 Charlie sold Air filter sales and went to work for American Air. However, once again feeling the urge to be independent, in 1973 Charlie left American Air and started Globe Filter Co. In 1984 Charlie and his partner sold Globe Filter, and he moved to Seattle where he semi retired, and helped in another business started by his son.

In 2001 Charlie and Marlene moved to Nipomo, California when the family business relocated there.

Charlie loved camping with family, hunting, fishing, and traveling to and getting together with extended family. His greatest love though had to be just meeting and talking to people. His legacy is the joy he brought to the peoples lives that were fortunate enough to meet and know him. Kind, intelligent, sincere, and humble, Charlie was dearly loved by everyone who knew him, and will be missed.

Charlie's son Leslie precedes him in death. He is survived by Marlene, his wife of sixty years; sons, Richard and Kevin (Judy); grandchildren, Evan (Sara) Thompson, Lana Thompson, Nicholas, Benjamin, Katherine, Lindsay; and great-grandchildren, Yarin and Ezekiel Thompson.

A memorial service will be held in the summer on some date to be determined.

Published in Orange County Register on Jan. 27, 2013
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