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Charles Maus


Charlie Maus was born Sept. 2, 1927, in St. Louis. He quit school at 14 because his father passed away and he helped support his mother and sister. At 17, Charlie joined the Navy, serving in both World War II and Korea. Later, he worked 27 years for the Air Force as a government employee and was a volunteer firefighter for several years.
Charlie and his wife moved to New Mexico for her health, where he became a deputy sheriff in northern New Mexico. Charlie and his wife never had any children.
After Charlie's wife passed away, he moved to Bullhead City, Ariz., and worked as security for the Golden Nugget in Laughlin, Nev. He retired there at 62 and shortly after met Joan.
Joan and Charlie were soon married and moved to New Mexico because Charlie like it here. He was then a step-father to five children, and later a grandfather to eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Charlie joined RSVP when he arrived and was a member for 18 years.
Major McKay and his wife arrived in Alamogordo 10 years ago to set up The Salvation Army - Charlie and Joan were the first volunteers to knock on the door. They have been with the Salvation Army ever since. Charlie was a member of The Salvation Army's emergency disaster response team in Alamogordo, where he served the community during the fires here and in Arizona.
Charlie has one sister in California, and a nephew in Arizona.
He loved the mountains and would have lived there if possible.
Charlie passed away in November 2007.
A memorial service for Charlie Maus will be held in the Salvation Army chapel at 1900 First St. Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2008
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