After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the USS Tarawa. While stationed in Warwick, Rhode Island and training in Philadelphia, PA, he met and married Arleene Marie Lanigan on April 19, 1958. Devoted father of David Raymond, Steven Dale (Toni Gorgo), Cynthia Louise (Scott Beerbower), Catherine Ann (Kevin Koehler), Charlene Marie (Edward Smedley), William George (Lindsey Taub) and the late Charles Francis. Loving grandpop of Jeffrey, Devon, Derick, Jacob, Jonathon, Faith and Edward. Dear brother of Mary Lou Ramsey. Also survived by many beloved cousins, niece, and nephews.
Charles was a volunteer fireman in the Runnemede Fire Company as well as a Special Police Officer in the Runnemede Police Department. He was instrumental in the startup of the Camden County Communication Center and ended his career for the county as the Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Camden County. After retirement, he continued to serve traveling the country after natural disasters working for FEMA.
He had many hobbies throughout his life, but hunting and fishing were his passion. Charles loved to play the banjo and was a member of several stringbands, participating in many New Year’s Day Mummer parades. He was an avid sports fan, cheering on all his favorite teams from Michigan, as well as the Philadelphia teams.
There will be a viewing Wednesday evening 7 to 9pm and Thursday morning 10 to 11am at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral service 11am at the funeral home. Interment Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charles’ memory to the Mt. Ephraim American Legion Post 150 General Funds, PO Box 152, Mount Ephraim, NJ 08059.