|Birth: ||Sep. 27, 1922|
|Death: ||May 4, 2011|
Charles C. Leonard, Jr.
Chuck was born on September 27, 1922 in Alexandria, Louisiana and entered into rest in El Cajon on May 4, 2011 at the age of 88 years.
Chuck was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Emily.
After spending his first few years in Louisiana, young Chuck and his family lived in El Paso Texas for a short time. During that time, Chuck became fluent in Spanish. In 1935 Chuck and his family moved to San Diego, where he attended high school. After high school, Chuck worked with the Civilian Conservation Corp. He then became employed by Solar Aircraft as a sand-blaster where he met the woman who would become his lifelong sweetheart, Thelma ( "Curly").
Chuck and Curly were married in December of 1943, shortly after which he enlisted in the Army and proudly served in World War II. Chuck was a skilled radio operator/infantryman and earned an American Campaign Medal, an European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, an Army of Occupation Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.
Chuck and Curly's first daughter was born in 1947, followed by a son in 1948 and another daughter in 1951. Chuck was employed as a commercial fisherman, making several trips aboard San Diego's Belle of Portugal, and later enjoyed a career in the lumber business as a warehouse foreman.
Chuck was also a member of the Masons, serving as Master of the Mission Beach Lodge in 1970. He also participated in some Veterans's of Foreign War (VFW) events and was an assistant Scout Master.
Chuck and Curly shared a lifelong love for sports. Chuck coached Little League, Pony League, Pop Warner football, youth basketball and high school girl's softball. In addition to coaching, Chuck served as a local umpire for many years. In 1989, Chuck and Curly traveled to North Carolina where Chuck was a member of the winning team of the Senior Softball World Championship that year, a victory which remained a lifelong highlight for him. Chuck and Curly were avid fans of their grandchildren's soccer matches as well as local high school and college girl's softball.
Upon retirement in 1981, Chuck and Curly made many trips to Fishers Landing on the Colorado River where they fished and boated with friends and family. Later on Chuck convinced Curly they should take up gardening. Over the years, they grew some amazing produce and learned to compost.
After surviving bladder cancer in 1991, Chuck became an active member of the Ostomy Association in which he and Curly provided support to new urostomy patients. In 2000, Chuck and Curly became members of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Mesa and participated in several church ministries. He was especially active working in the church pantry and serving as a Eucharistic Minister.
Chuck and Curly were married for 67 years and they shared a full life. Chuck was very proud of his family, was thankful for many wonderful friends and was grateful to have so many meaningful memories and experiences.
A funeral mass will be held in Chuck's memory on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church located at 2766 Navajo Road, El Cajon, California. Inurnment with military honors will be held privately at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer's Association of San Diego, 6632 Convoy Ct., San Diego, CA 92111.
Note: WORLD WAR II
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego County
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