Charles E. Meeker, Jr. of the Town of Newburgh entered into rest November 22, 2016. He was 86.
The son of the late Charles E. Meeker and Elizabeth Evans Meeker, Charles was born on October 13, 1930 in Hillsboro, Texas.
Charles graduated from Hillsboro High School and attended Hillsboro Junior College and Southern Methodist University before entering the US Air Force during the Korean War. He entered pilot training and graduated as a jet fighter pilot in 1953. On active duty he was assigned to the Air Defense Command at bases in the United States and the Far East in Japan and Guam. He was released from active duty, but continued his Air Force career by entering the Air Force Active Reserve at Stewart AFB, NY. In this assignment he flew transport aircraft.
He was recalled to active duty flying supply mission to Europe and Vietnam. He retired in 1981 as a Lt. Col. with 28 years of service. His first unit assignment after graduating from pilot training was Stewart AFB. NY. He met Lidia "Claire" Almeida the girl that was to become his wife of 62 years.
He also acquired a position with Central Hudson Gas and Electric as an engineer. He served in several positions, retiring in 1990 as Director of Facilities with 33 years of service.
He was an avid golfer with membership at Stony Ford and then Osiris Country Club. The flying bug never left him. He was involved in flying radio control models in his retirement. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 1420.
He is survived by his wife, Lidia C. Meeker, three children: LTC (Ret) Gary C. Meeker and wife, Cheryl of Miami, FL, Dawn Lynn Mangan and husband, Bob of Fishkill, NY and Larry A. Meeker and wife, Madeline of Saugerties, five grandchildren; Heather Brady of New Paltz, NY Scott Brady of Stanford, CT, Brittany Meeker of Middletown, NY, Danielle Meeker of Goshen, NY and Julienne Meeker of Saugerties, NY.
Visitation for family and friends will take place Friday, November 25th from 4 to 7 p.m. at White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Rd. (Rte 32) Newburgh. Funeral service will commence 10 a.m., Saturday, November 26th at the funeral home. Entombment to follow at the Cedar Hill Mausoleum with full military honors.
If desired, please make donations in memory of Charles to WoundedWarriorsProject.org