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Charles Nathaniel "Chuck" Ables, Jr
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Birth: Jul. 16, 1921
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Death: Jun. 12, 2012
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA


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ABLES, CHARLES NATHANIEL: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

U-T San Diego (CA) - Wednesday, June 27, 2012
July 16, 1921 to June 12, 2012 Loyal husband, father, friend and patriot, Charles Nathaniel Ables Jr. died peacefully in his home in San Diego on June 12, 2012. "Chuck" was born July 16, 1921, in San Diego and was raised by Charles Sr. and Pearl (Schoenmann) Ables in their home on Georgia Street where he lived until he enlisted with the Marines at the onset of WWII. He was always the protector and hero of his younger brother Tom Ables as the two lads skinned knees and elbows playing sandlot baseball and football after school at Alice Birney elementary and Horace Mann Jr. High. They rode the streetcar to Lane Field on Sundays to watch Padre double headers and learned to body surf at Mission Beach and at La Jolla Shores where the family were members at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. A favorite holiday was the 4th of July on their grandfather Joseph Ables' farm in Imperial Beach. Chuck delivered handbills and worked in the neighborhood market while earning the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts. A graduate of San Diego High, he attended San Diego State College where between classes he played cards in the quad by the bronze statue of Monty Montezuma. He joined the Marines after Pearl Harbor, training at MCRD, Camp Elliott and Camp Pendleton before shipping out to the newly formed 3rd Division for which he designed the official "caltrop" insignia patch. After more training in New Zealand, he made beach landings on Guam, Bougainville and Iwo Jima where, as a Staff Sergeant in Division Intelligence, he mapped enemy positions for bombardment even as the enemy bombarded him. During the war and for nearly 50 years after, he published the FARAC Foghorn, a newsletter of and for his many Marine Corps buddies; friends for life who he subsequently memorialized through the naming of landmarks along the coast of our city in past editions of the Thomas Guide. After the war, brother Tom Ables and Tom's fiance Nancy arranged the ideal blind date for Chuck with Martha May Kirschner, formerly of Beatrice, Nebraska. The date turned into a marriage of nearly 65 years resulting in two sons, four grandkids, and four great-grandkids, one of whom, Caitlin Ables, was born locally making her a 6th generation San Diegan. Chuck's skills in mapping and design lead him to the City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department and to arguably the best office space in the world located under the bell tower in Balboa Park. From there and from subsequent locations (including our dining room table) he designed many wonderful and well-used community parks as well as East Mission Bay; a welcoming entrance to our City. He managed and participated in municipal bowling and softball leagues giving rise to many more lasting friendships and inevitable parties of horseshoes and ping pong; both of which he mastered. Chuck and Martha also enjoyed the beaches of La Jolla Shores and South Mission Beach, waterskiing and fishing with their sons John and Mark and then traveled together across the lower 48, Hawaii, New Zealand, Fiji, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Losing Chuck is more than a loss to our family; it is a loss to San Diego and America. When Tom Brokaw created the absolutely correct term, "The Greatest Generation," we wondered that he must have known our Chuck Ables, who personified that definition. Chuck is survived by his wife Martha, sons John (Louise) and Mark (Robin), grandkids Christine (Rob), John and Ryan (Melissa), and great-grandkids Caitlin, Brady, Cole and KamalaCielo and brother Tom (Nancy and sons Tom and Ken). A private service for Chuck's family has been arranged at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to local Marine Corps families may be made via the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA web site:

Charles "Chuck" Ables: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

U-T San Diego (CA) - Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Deceased Name: Charles "Chuck" Ables
Charles "Chuck" Ables had a hand in creating many of San Diego's most beloved outdoor spaces during his nearly 40 years as park designer with the city of San Diego Park & Recreation Department. His portfolio included East Mission Bay, West Mission Bay, Colina Del Sol Park and Chollas Lake Park.
He told family and friends he could be dropped off anywhere in San Diego and within five minutes, traffic permitting, he could be in a park he designed or had a hand in designing.
Mr. Ables died of cardiopulmonary arrest on June 12 at his home in Rolando. He was 90.
"He was instrumental in designing Tourmaline Surfing Park," said former colleague Dean Busch Sr. "I remember walking the canyon with him and him saying 'Surfers need to have a place. This would be a great spot.'
"There were three of us in the department in the '60s and he gave us projects he didn't think we could do," Busch added. "He'd give us some direction, then let us figure it out for ourselves. He brought out the best in all of us. I worked with him. I never worked for him."
Charles Nathaniel Ables Jr. was born on July 16, 1921, in San Diego, the oldest of two sons to Charles and Pearl Ables. A San Diego High graduate, he attended what was then San Diego State College before enlisting in the Marine Corps after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
With the newly formed 3rd Marine Division, Mr. Ables designed the division's official caltrop insignia patch. He made beach landings on Guam, Bougainville and Iwo Jima where, as a staff sergeant in division intelligence, he mapped enemy positions for bombardment.
For more than 50 years, he published the FARAC Foghorn newsletter about and for his Marine Corps buddies. In his job as park designer, he subsequently memorialized many of them by naming landmarks after them.
"Once a Marine, always a Marine," said Jack Krasovich, a former park and recreation colleague and a Marine. "When I came to San Diego from Kansas, Chuck was one of the first guys I met.
"He was a good, straight shooter. He was a guy for making sure all the details were accurate for a park."
Mr. Ables was also a connoisseur of cocktails, Krasovich said.
"One day, Chuck took me down to Pacific Coast Highway to this place where the martinis were only 19 cents," he said. "We would go every payday. That was a good drink."
A master of horseshoes and pingpong, Mr. Ables also bowled, played softball in leagues, water skied and fished. His extensive travels included the lower 48 U.S. states as well as trips to New Zealand, Fiji, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
Mr. Ables is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, the former Martha Kirschner, of San Diego; sons John of San Diego, and Mark of Mount Helix; brother Tom Ables of Point Loma; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services have been held. Donations to local Marine Corps families may be made in Mr. Ables' memory via the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA at
Family links: 
  Charles Nathan Ables (1889 - 1982)
  Pearl Sophia Schoenmann Ables (1892 - 1983)
  Martha Kirschner Ables (1924 - 2015)*
*Calculated relationship
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: CC20A ROW 2 SITE 1
Created by: Linda Claxton 💕
Record added: Sep 07, 2012
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Charles Nathaniel Chuck Ables, Jr
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