Charles Avion Wilson Charles Avion Wilson, 94, of Visalia passed away peacefully in his home with family at his side on March 8, 2013. "Charlie" was born on November 17th, 1918 in Ponce de Leon, Missouri to Robert and Dolly Wilson. He attended Abesville Elementary/High School in Ponce de Leon, Missouri. He also attended state teacher's college for 2 years in Springfield, Missouri. Charlie was inducted into the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1945 and fought in Okinawaw and Iwo Jima, serving on the U.S.S. Rockwall as a Motor Machinist's Mate, Third Class. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Marie, whom he married on January 15, 1940, his daughter Louise Koop, grandchildren Kim Hills (husband John) and Eddie Koop (wife Amy) and great-grandchildren Ethan and Dylan Koop. Charlie originally worked picking fruit as a teenager. During this time, he moved to California to pursue a better life and continued working in the orchards for a number of years. It was while working in the orchards in Marysville that he met the love of his life, Marie. After being discharged from the Navy in 1945, Charlie worked in Hollywood building movie sets for films that included Judy Garland and Roy Rogers. Following that, he spent time as a construction worker on the Friant-Kern canal. When it was completed, he then began a 28 year career with Caltrans, retiring as a supervisor on December 31, 1978. For those that knew Charlie, he'll be remembered as a dedicated husband, loving father and grandpa. His pies were legendary, as well as his baked beans, with cooking being one of his life's joys. The other joy of his life was growing perfect roses year after year. Having an engineers mind, he was always handy with a hammer and tools, able to build or fix just about anything. With a sense of humor that was quick and genuine, it was rare not to be laughing when in his company. Charlie will definitely leave us with a void. But he will also leave us with a lifetime of wonderful memories. He will be missed and he will be remembered as a great man, provider and so much more. Special thanks also to all the physicians, nurses and hospice workers (you know who you are), that helped so much over the last year, we the family thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel, Visalia. Graveside services will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Visalia District Cemetery, 1300 W. Goshen Ave, Visalia. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hospice of Tulare County, 900 W. Oak Ave, Visalia CA, 93291. Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Mar. 12, 2013