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Charles Ray Howerton

November 15, 1937 January 8, 2019
Charles Ray Howerton
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Charles Ray Howerton, beloved husband, father, son and brother was born to Hattie Cleo and Charlie Howerton on November 15, 1937 in San Mateo, California. His home was in Belmont, where he grew up, attended school and graduated from high school in 1955. He began his higher education in a local junior college, but was drafted into the military; joined the Navy to “see the world” and was stationed in Kodiak, AK for his entire time of service. Chuck saved his money, as there was very little to do on Kodiak. He worked a second job and was able to buy himself a car with European delivery after he was honorably discharged. He toured all over Europe, shipped his car home and then continued his education at San Jose State, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1966.

Chuck loved the outdoors and any activity that was connected to it, be it sports, hunting, fishing, swimming, skiing or camping. You name it, he did it. He loved horses and enjoyed horseback riding and was known to ride a camel or two during his travels around the globe. He was called “the globe trotter” and used that as his handle on his CB radio. He lived and breathed airplanes, which was easy to see as he was hired right out of college by The Boeing Airplane Company and moved to Seattle, Washington where he met Mary, his secretary at the time. He made her his wife in 1967. He worked at Boeing for 35 years as an instructor on all of their aircrafts through the 777, when he retired in 1999. He traveled all over the world and thoroughly enjoyed his career. He was able to take his family on several foreign assignments including: Canada, Italy and Brazil where he hoped to instill in them his love of travel and the compelling beauty and wonder of this world – God’s gift to us. He completed his personal goal of seeing the Seven Natural Wonders of the World a short time before his Alzheimer’s would have made it impossible for him to travel alone. He served the Lord with gladness and ministered to the Federal Way Church of Christ for 25 years as a deacon and then as an elder. He loved the Lord and he loved his Church. He loved his children and introduced them to Jesus Christ and taught them to follow the Word. He leaves behind his loving wife, Mary, his daughter Debra and her husband Paul and their children: John, Christopher, Cody, Lily, Tyler, Shelby and Ashleigh, his son Scott and his wife Lori and their children: Alaiya, Autumn and Joseph, his brother Darrell and his family as well as a sweet little great granddaughter Cassidy LeAnne. And now as his earthly journey has ended, he is resting in the arms of Jesus and waiting….

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:30 am at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W Thunderbird Rd, Peoria AZ 85381. A graveside service will follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix AZ 85024.


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Funeral Service

Thursday

17

Jan

11:30 AM 1/17/2019 11:30:00 AM
Heritage Funeral Chapel

6830 West Thunderbird Road
Peoria, AZ 85381

Heritage Funeral Chapel
6830 West Thunderbird Road Peoria 85381 AZ
United States

Graveside Service

Thursday

17

Jan

1:30 PM 1/17/2019 1:30:00 PM
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

23029 N. Cave Creek Road
Phoenix , AZ 85024

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
23029 N. Cave Creek Road Phoenix 85024 AZ
United States

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National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona Final Resting Place

23029 N. Cave Creek Road
Phoenix , AZ 85024

23029 N. Cave Creek Road Phoenix 85024 AZ
United States
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