HOLDEN, Wesley J. 'Chuck'
91, of Independence, MO, passed away on April 3, 2013. He was born on June 11, 1921 in Jonesborough, TN. The son of Andrew Jackson 'AJ' and Lola Holden. They later resided in Watauga, TN, where Chuck lived until he joined the Navy in 1940. Chuck was captured by the Japanese in 1942 on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines and was later shipped to Japan to work in a copper mine. After three and a half years in captivity he was liberated in 1945. He went on to make rank of Chief Petty Officer and was in two invasions in Korea. He proudly served his country in the Navy for nearly 30 years. In recognition of his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation. Chuck married Goldie McIntosh in 1949 and they had three children, Wes, Rick and Pam. They divorced in 1959. He was married to Daisy Walsh from 1976, residing in Carmichael, CA, until her death in 2005. He moved to Independence in 2010 to be close to his children. In addition to his children, Chuck is survived by his stepchildren, Mike Kalenik, Clayton, ID, Linda Deis, Stockton, CA and Cindy Newhall, Sacramento, CA and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services will be held in Sacramento on April 26, 2013. Military Honors will be held at Sylvan Cemetery at 10:00 with a memorial service at 11:00 at Faith Legacy Church.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Apr. 25, 2013