Charles Robert McKenry

  • "Shine On"
    - Cynthia Smith
  • "My condolences and prayers to Charles' family."
    - Carl McKenry

Charles Robert "Chuck" McKenry died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Carmichael, California on Thursday, August 2, 2018 following a long battle with stomach cancer. Chuck was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, the son of the late L. George McKenry and Pauline Germaine McKenry Israel. Chuck is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jean Grass McKenry; his son, Alan McKenry; daughter, Lee McKenry Sacks; grandson, Shaun Sacks; sister, Nancy McKenry Goss; as well as many nieces and nephews. Chuck was preceded in death by his son, Lynn Charles McKenry. Chuck was an Air Force veteran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enlisted in 1949 and originally served in the Drum and Bugle Corps. He later served in the Office of Special Investigations at different stations and positions until he graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1959. He was an instructor at Harlingen Air Force Base until being assigned to the 817th Troop Carrier Squadron at Naha Air Force Base, Okinawa. He served there as an Instructor Navigator and operational ready Navigator. He earned jump wings with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and flew combat and combat support missions throughout Southeast Asia. Chuck returned to the United States and resumed instructing at Mather Air Force Base California until he retired with the rank of Major in December 1971. He had logged more than 6,000 hours flying time, including over 3,000 hours in the C-130. Upon retirement, Chuck formed a small business, McKenry Drapery Service, Inc, which has served the Sacramento area for more than 45 years, specializing in window covering cleaning and repairs and replacement for commercial properties. Chuck and Jean traveled extensively throughout their marriage. They loved to cruise and were both avid scuba divers. Chuck was nearly 82 when he finally became convinced that scuba diving was better left to people in their 70s and younger. He was rated Master Diver and logged 659 dives in waters throughout the world. From 1983 until his death, Chuck was a proud member and supporter of Alcoholics Anonymous. He served in numerous positions in that fellowship, and many people have been assisted in their recovery by his efforts. May Chuck rest in peace. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. There will be a Celebration of Life at La Sierra Community Hall, 5325 Engle Road August 26 at 2 pm.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Aug. 12, 2018
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