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Charles Battell

1932 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Charles Battell Obituary
BATTELL Please Sign the Guestbook @ Charles Charlie Chuck Edward Battell, 82, passed away peacefully at home, August 9, 2014. Born April 12, 1932, in St Augustine, Florida, Charles grew up in Jacksonville Beach and lived the majority of his life in Palm Valley. His wife, Ethel, was the center of his world. Married 61 years, they enjoyed making even the ordinary aspects of daily living a pleasure. Charles was stationed in Japan during the Korean War where he was trained as a telephone repairman. Upon discharge, he went to work for Southern Bell until he retired in 1983. One important part of his life was serving as a Deacon in the Palm Valley Baptist Church for many years. He felt a need to serve his community and followed his love of fire engines to the Palm Valley Volunteer Fire Department where he eventually became Chief for 23 years. During that time he initiated ideas and plans that eventually led to the progression of modern equipment and training in St. John s County. He was a loving father and a strong role model for service and helping others, and inspired his four daughters to do the same. Charles is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Ethel; daughters, Marie Dimples (Mike Riley) Battell, Karen Cookie (Bruce) Dickinson, Sharon Snookum (Michael) West, Bobbi (Michael) O Connell; grandchildren, Jaime Hinson, Jonathan West, Amanda (David Weintraub) Dickinson, Chuck Dickinson, Alex O Connell, Austin O Connell; sisters, Essie Trusty, Sharon Walters, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his only son, Charlie, who passed away too soon at age five; mother, Katherine Battell Wood; father, Albert Per Battell; sister, Isabelle Bundy; and brother, Albert Battell. The family wishes to thank Curtis Bremer for his help and support during Charles final days. Visitation will be held 6:00 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 14, in Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home. A celebration of Charles life will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, August 15, in the chapel of Quinn-Shalz. Please visit our online Tribute at Services under the care and direction of:
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Aug. 12, 2014
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