The Curry Coastal Pilot

Charles W. Lingard, 60, of Brookings, passed away Sept. 22, 2011, in Medford.

Charles was born Sept. 24, 1950, in Seattle, Wash., to Vern and Evelyn (Nash) Lingard.

He lived there until the family moved to Brookings in 1956. Charles graduated from Brookings Harbor High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served 20 years as an aircraft mechanic, retiring in 1988.

Charles married Julita Omela July 10, 1989, in Brookings.

He was a lifelong member of the American Legion and the VFW Post 966, where he held various offices including serving as the current Quartermaster. He loved Japanese trains and was a great conversationalist andndash; always ready to recite a memorized text or limerick. He also liked to collect guns. Charles was active in the Filipino American Association of Crescent City.

Survivors include Julita, his wife of 22 years, of Brookings; brother Stephen Lingard of Carter Lake, Iowa; sister, Susan Lingard-Heim of Peters Hausen, Germany; and two nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of Charles' life will be at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at the VFW Hall, Pioneer and Pacific Ave., in Brookings.

Private inurnment will be held at W. J. Ward Memorial Cemetery.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.