October 2, 1914 ~ February 20, 2010
Charles Robert Pressey was reunited with his beloved family and friends in heavenly spirit on Saturday, February 20, 2010. He was 95 and the final member of his family's generation to enter into everlasting life. He was born on October 2, 1914. He was the son of Sumner Wadsworth, Sr. and Lula (Tanner) Pressey. He was the brother to Sumner Wadsworth, Jr. and Richard Tanner Pressey. His immediate family who survives him is his daughter, Candice (Candi) Hayes, Crestline CA. Fondly known as 'Papa,' he is survived by his grandchildren, Jeff Hayes of Luray, KS, Lisa Ruiz (Ernie) of San Diego, CA and Mike Hayes (April) of Longmont, CO and was the 'Great Papa' to Skyler and Hunter Ruiz and Sydney and Khloe Hayes. One niece and three nephews also survive him. Charles, also known as Bob by his classmates, grew up in Pueblo, Colo. and graduated from Centennial High School in 1933. He attended Pueblo Junior College and graduated from the University Of Denver in 1938 with a degree in commerce and minors in law, economics and finance. He excelled as a member of the DU track team. He served his country as a member of the United States Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1949 as a Sergeant 1st Class. Charles married his college sweetheart Martha Alice Pond on June 26, 1943. His beloved 'Marty' passed away in 1986. Together they enjoyed so many wonderful experiences with a host of friends. They loved the mountains, traveling and gave many hours back to the community as volunteering their time and services to others. They both supported the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, Meals on Wheels and were charter members of the Longmont Gem and Mineral Club. Both were active members of the First United Methodist Church in Longmont. In 1950, Charles moved his family to Longmont and soon opened his Certified Public Accountant office. His office was located for many years upstairs in the Longmont Drug Building at 4th and Main. He was also a Justice of the Peace in Longmont. Court was held on occasion in his CPA office as well as marriage ceremonies. He loved studying law and believed fair justice should prevail for all. He was a member of the Longmont Kiwanis Club and was awarded the George F. Hixson Fellowship for his dedication and service to the organization. The Kiwanis travelogues were a favorite event for him. He entered into the brotherhood of the Masonic Order and was a 52-year member. He was a Past Master of St. Vrain Lodge #23 A.F. & A.M. in Longmont. A member of the Denver Consistory and active in many degrees, he was a 33rd Degree Mason. His passion was reading. His retention was superior and he loved to 'teach' his listeners all about everything from the history of the world, religion, sports as well as telling so many interesting stories about his life. He never missed listening to a Denver Broncos or a Colorado Rockies Game on his radio. He devoted his life to serving others. He was a man who had goals and met his challenges with faith, strength and courage. Because of his values and beliefs many others have become stronger and wiser individuals today. We honor and celebrate his life. The family of Charles Robert Pressey extends our sincere thank you to all the people who have been so kind and shared a part of their lives with him during these past years. Memorial service was held 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 25, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in Longmont, Colo. Fraternal rites provided by St. Vrain Lodge #23, A.F. & A.M. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charles R. Pressey Memorial Fund and mailed to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St., Longmont, CO 80501.