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Charles William Poss


1929 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Charles William Poss Obituary
August 29, 1929 - September 30, 2017 Age 88 passed away on September 30, 2017 in Fullerton, California. Charles ("Charlie") was born in Riverdale, Illinois on August 29, 1929. Charlie was simply a legend in the Southern California construction and earthmoving industry for over 40 years. Charlie graduated from Purdue University in 1951 with a Mechanical Engineering degree and was a United States Air Force Pilot and veteran of the Korean War. His service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves spanned from 1946-1966 and he achieved the rank of Major. In 1962, he started in the construction industry with La Mirada Trucking which quickly became the preeminent dirt trucking company of that era. In 1970, Charlie expanded into contracting with C.W. Poss, Inc. Quickly, C.W. Poss, Inc. became a major earthmoving and site development contractor responsible for a number of landmark developments and high-profile projects throughout the southland including many housing tracts, golf courses, high rises, hospitals, airports, sports venues, performing arts centers, harbors and landfills that we all still use today. He created literally tens of thousands of jobs for the employees of C.W. Poss, Inc. and other ventures over his business career. For the construction industry, Charlie was a founding member of the Southern California Contractors Association. He served as a board member of various construction trade trust funds including the Operating Engineers and Teamster trust funds as well as countless construction committees helping the industry navigate complex regulation, legislation and labor issues for close to 5 decades. He was a philanthropist, supporting many worthy organizations such as Opera Pacific, Segerstrom Center for Arts, Pacific Symphony, Orangewood Children's Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, City of Hope and the Heart of Jesus Retreat Center. As he touched so many lives in the construction industry, the local community, through his philanthropic service, and with his big personality, Charlie was "larger than life" and "one of a kind." If you ever met Charlie, you wouldn't forget him. Charlie was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia, daughters Janet Ugalde (Dan) and Robin Hartnett (Patrick) and son Chuck (Sharlene). He is also survived by 9 grandchildren (Dan, Rose, Christopher, Elizabeth, Olivia, Jake, Madeline, Patrick and Ryan) and 6 great-grandchildren (Alexandria, Abigail, Daniel, Anabella, Daniel Jr. and Christopher). In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Attn. Dr. Jacek Pinski and Dr. Stuart Boyd at cancer.keckmedicine.org/giving/donate . A Prayer Vigil will be held on Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Chapel in the Sky at the Tower of Hope located at the Christ/Crystal Cathedral, 13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840. Funeral services will be held on Thursday October 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM at St Juliana Falconieri Church, 1316 N Acacia Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831 with a Celebration of Charlie's Life following the Funeral Mass.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 7, 2017
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