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Charles C. Coulter
April 1, 1918 - November 19, 2013

Charles C. "Chuck" Coulter was born in Nara Visa, NM in 1918 to Reuben and Ora May Coulter (nee Sidwell). His younger sister Corrine was born 4 years later. In 1923 the family moved to Illinois, first to El Dara and then Hamburg. He attended Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL where he met his sweetheart, Helen-Louise Buchanan. He graduated with a BS in Geology in 1940. Charles initially found work as a geologist in the oil fields of Oklahoma. He enlisted in the Army in February, 1942 and married Helen-Louise in Little Rock, Arkansas while on a 6-hour Fourth of July leave. On his 25th birthday, in 1943 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps and sent to Europe, serving in England and France. After V-E day, he was returned to the U.S. and discharged in January 1946. The GI Bill allowed him to earn a certificate in Horology from Bradley
University in 1950. His growing family settled in Greeley, CO, where he worked as a jeweler and watchmaker. In 1955, the family moved again to California, eventually settling in Whittier. In 1956 he joined L.A. County Flood Control as an engineering geologist, retiring in 1983. Throughout his life, Charles enjoyed repairing and manufacturing useful things. He was a member of East Whittier Presbyterian Church for over 55 years, serving as deacon, trustee, and elder. Proud of his military service, he was a member of Whittier's American Legion Post 51. Charles passed away in his sleep at age 95. He was predeceased by his sister, Corrine Franklin, his sons Kent and Brion Coulter, and his wife Helen-Louise. He is survived by his two daughters, Victoria Coulter and Lucia Coulter (Richard Murphy) and his nephew Jan Franklin (Kathryn Franklin). Services will be held at East Whittier Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 24 at 3pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Wounded Warror Project, East Whittier Presbyterian Church, or a .
Published in Whittier Daily News on Nov. 23, 2013
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