Charles E. White, 80, passed away May 30, 2010. Survived by his loving wife of 59 years and ten months, Frances White; children, Kathy (Joe) Cortese, Bob (Tina) White, Rick (Paula) White and Ken White; grandchildren, Lynn (Danny) Calkins, Leah (Brandon) Shaffer, Chad, Justin and Brad White, Chris Cortese, Brodie, Jodi and Cody White; and several great-grandchildren. Also survived by sisters-in-law, Mary Strubel of Denver and Helen McFarland of Canon City; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents, Opal Scallon and Bob White; and grandparents, Norval and Claudia Sigler. Charles was born in Kendall, Kan., Sept. 9, 1929. He retired as a precision optical inspector from the PAD after 30 years of service. After retirement, he opened his own optical shop (White Optics) for another 26 years and then continued to work out of his home shop until last year. Charles was an active member of BPO Elks # 90. He was Elk of the year in 1971, Exalted Ruler 1978-79, Past DDGER 1984-85 and Trustee 1981-86. Also a member of FOE #145. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing, watching football and basketball games, and having his family around him. Special thanks to Dr. John Bagale for his thoughtful care. Funeral service, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 3, 2010, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Rev. Waudell Maple officiating. Elks Rites by BPO Elks #90 and interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to BPO Elks #90, 426 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. I met Mr. White when I was a high school summer intern next door to his Optical Shop on Thatcher Ave. I remember him as a kind man, and very proud father. After more than 30 years, I never forgot when during a typical Pueblo rain/hail storm, Charlie ran and closed the windows of my car parked on the street. I swear he didn’t spill a drop of coffee out of that big coffee mug he often carried. I lost my own Father a couple years ago and it is no fun. My condolences to the White Family.

  2. Our hearts go out to you Ken as the loss of a parent leaves a great void in your life. Our condolences to the rest of the family, even though we have not met, our prayers are with you at this time of great loss.

  3. Dear Frances and all, So so sad to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was Daddy’s best friend. This was not an easy departure, but I am so glad that he is not sick anymore. Another angel to watch over us, but his one will be missed. Love, Charlene

  4. Dear Aunt Francie, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Charlie, I know how much you will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    My Deepest Sympathy,
    Love, Linda

  5. Fran – I am so sorry to hear about Charlie. I have many fond memories of my parents and you and Charlie and all of the Elk activities during my youth. My sympathy and prayers are with all of you.

  6. Francis, you and your family are in my prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know that God will give you strength and courage to face the days ahead. You have the love and support of your friends. God Bless.

  7. Francie and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Charlie. When dad called last night, I told him, I was just thinking about all of you. I will always remember Charlie’s warm smile and laughter.

    Love you all

    Debi

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