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Charles (Charlie) Meredith King – November 3, 2019

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Charles (Charlie) Meredith King

Charles (Charlie) Meredith King, 89, of Litchfield, California, passed away November 3, 2019, at the Veterans Hospital in Reno, Nevada.  He was born to Kenneth R. King and Lillian E. King on June 18, 1930, in Venice, California.

After serving his country with the Air Force during the Korean War, stationed in Okinawa, he returned to marry his sweetheart, Vivian Powell, in May of 1953 raising their family in Oregon and then California.

He was a hard worker and his career included jobs at various lumber mills in Oregon; Southern California Gas Company in both Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo, California; and accomplishing his dream of establishing a successful RV dealership (Central Coast Campers) in Pismo Beach, California.  After selling his business he worked in the RV field in Northern California.   After his retirement in 1991, Charlie and Vivian moved to Secret Valley to work with his son-in-law and daughter on their ranch while also helping his son construct biodiesel plants for Pacific Biodiesel.

Charlie was a practical person.  He always enjoyed cars and, in his early years, raced on dirt tracks with his brother-in-law.  He collected Studebakers and drove his 1956 Studebaker President to the Studebaker Museum in Indiana with his sons-in-law, Cris and Greg.  He enjoyed target shooting and hunting winning many sharp shooting awards.   His pride and joy was the success of his children and grandchildren.

Charlie is survived by his children Pamella (Greg) Yates, Tustin, CA; Cindy (Ron) Laver, Litchfield, CA; Bob (Kelly) King, Kihei, Maui; and Janice (David) Lindsey, Reno, NV.  He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Melissa, Brian, Heidi, Andrew, Jenna, Aaron, Isabella and Joseph; as well as six great grandchildren.  Also surviving are lifelong family Cris (Dawn) Minch, Litchfield, CA and Sharlie Meenach, Fallon, NV.

Family members proceeding him in death include his wife, Vivian; an infant daughter, Nancy; his brother, Kenneth; and two sisters, Jacqueline and Mary Lee; as well as his parents.

Memorial Services will be held at Waltons’ Colonial Mortuary at  11 am on November 23, 2019, with graveside burial following at the Diamond Crest Cemetery.  A celebration of life will follow at the Honey Lake Valley Association (Grange), 472-690 Theatre Rd., Susanville with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Studebaker Museum, 201 Chapin St., South Bend, IN  46601 (with note for donation for Charlie King)   or online at https://studebakermuseum.org/support/donate/.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to Linda, Charlotte,  and Dr. Russell at the Veterans Home Health Care in Susanville and  the staff at the Veterans Hospital in Reno, NV for their professional care and compassion; as well as to our many friends and family that have given endless support.

 

 

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