KNOCHE, Charles R. 1926 - 2013
Charles R. Knoche of Rocklin passed away peacefully at home with family on May 13, 2013.
Chuck was born in San Francisco to recently emigrated German parents, Dora and Bernard. The family moved to Roseville when Chuck was 12 years old. He graduated from San Juan High School in 1944 and entered the Navy's V-12 program, where he took pilot training. After 2 years in the Navy, he returned home and completed his AA degree at Placer Junior College. He then joined the Air Force and served as a pilot in the Korean War
. Other overseas assignments included French Morocco, Germany and France. While stationed in Laon, France, he met and married Marjory Woodruff. They were happily married for 49 years. After retirement from the Air Force, Chuck and Marjory settled in Roseville, California, and were blessed with two daughters, Christy and Cathy.
Chuck dedicated countless weekends to towing the camping trailer and horse trailer. He learned to ski so he could go up with the girls and good-naturedly rode in 4H parent horse shows. Both girls went off to college just about the time he retired from his second career at the State Board of Equalization. He enjoyed retirement by taking up scuba diving, making his ultimate trip to dive at Truk Lagoon. Chuck and Marjory traveled in Europe and throughout the United States. Chuck stayed in shape by regularly attending the gym, jogging, racquetball, and tennis. He continued to take aerobic classes and play tennis well into his 80s. He always joked that while his group of 'old guys' might not be able to remember the score, they sure had a good time.
He is survived by wife Marjory, daughters Christy Carroll (Dan) of Fair Oaks, and Cathy Willis (Bryan) of Bend, Oregon. He was predeceased by his brother Harald and is survived by his nieces and nephews, Chuck Knoche, Cheryl Gray, Terry Virga-Triebwasser, and Bill Knoche. Heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses at Kaiser, as well as hospice, who gave Chuck great medical care and compassion during his eight-year bout with cancer. All who knew or met him over the years have commented on his kind, gentle nature which will be sorely missed along with his sense of humor, crossword skills and love of coffee. Oh, how we will miss this beloved man. A celebration of life is planned for a later date.