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In loving memory of
Charles Landers
  • October 08, 1942
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  • June 15, 2020

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Chuck was born and grew up, in Hollywood Florida,  He served 21 years in the US Navy, first as a mechanic on recip aircraft on the USS Wasp, and USS Forrestal, then on turboprops and jets.  As crew-chief, he managed “Connies,” in Iceland, and later, on some dangerous missions in Viet Nam (Them: MiGs;  Us: Connies…).  He retired as a Chief Petty Officer, in charge of the engine shop at NAS, Alameda.

He then went on to support Space Shuttle Missions as a senior airframe specialist, participating in numerous launches, and ‘far-flung’ recovery operations.

He is survived by daughter Ryanne, little-brother David, and sister in law Karen Oakley.  He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Gail.

Chuck was an avid motorcyclist in his younger days, and a renowned car builder in his middle years (’23 T-bucket – Turkey Rod Run 1996!

Chuck was a low-key guy and specifically asked for no farewell extravaganza to celebrate his passing.  He directed that his remains be cremated and his, and Gail’s ashes be scattered at sea.  If you’d like to make a donation, he suggested St Jude’s Childrens’ Hospital.

Oh yeah, and drink a Budweiser to salute his passing.

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  1. Michael A Chicvara says:
    24 Jun 2020
    Janet and I will always remember Chuck as a truly funny man. He was kind and full of life. I wish he had written that book that I asked him to. So many great stories are now lost since Chuck was the only one who could tell them. Now he at peace. Fair winds and following seas.

  2. Jim Jeffers says:
    21 Jun 2020
    Chuck, Godspeed my friend, my flag will fly at half staff In memory of you Chief. Lots of years and lots of Shuttle memories. Heaven is having a party, and we salute you....,, to the family, got to have Chuck entertain me and blessed our paths crossed in this life. thank you for sharing him.

  3. William Pyle says:
    18 Jun 2020
    Chuck, You are the man. I remember making two trips to Yokoka to pick you and Gail up and introduce you to Japan. You offered to buy me a tank of gas, and I said sure. The next day when i was driving you around to check in I pulled in to the base gas station and I filled the tank up and it was sixty seven cents. You was totally amazed. We will miss you Chuck.

  4. Peg and Ron Smith says:
    17 Jun 2020
    You are missed immensely. We were fortunate to know you and consider you a friend.
    We will remember our many great conversations and times with you. Until we meet again, RIP.
    -Ron and Peg Smith

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