Charles Wallace McLaughlin passed away peacefully with his family at the bedside in the Intensive Care Unit of University of Louisville Hospital on Friday, September 6, 2013. Charlie was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 4, 1939, to William Lester McLaughlin and Mary Wallace McLaughlin. He graduated from the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, in 1961 with a degree in civil engineering. Charlie served in the U.S. Air Force as an engineer at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, during the Viet Nam war. Afterwards, he returned to Louisville and worked for the Kentucky Department of Transportation where he served as the Chief Engineer of District Five and oversaw much of the construction of the interstate highway system in and around Metro Louisville. Charlie's main passion was breeding prize foxhounds and the sport of foxhunting. He served as Joint Master of the Long Run Hounds for 20 years and as its Huntsman for fourteen. Charlie is survived by his wife of 24 years, the love of his life and soul mate, Sally Cronan McLaughlin, and his two favorite children, Michael McLaughlin (Hope) of Louisville, Kentucky, and Victoria Smith (Brad) of Indianapolis, Indiana, and four grandchildren: Alex McLaughlin, Zoe McLaughlin, Avery Smith, and Ian Smith. Memorial service Noon Tuesday at Pearson's 149 Breckenridge Lane. Visitation 4-7 Monday at Pearson's. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation, P.O. Box 363, Milward, Virginia 22646, or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1015-C South Preston Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203.
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L D Pearson & Son Funeral Home
149 Breckenridge Ln Louisville, KY 40207
Published in The Sentinel-News from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17, 2013