Services for Charles A. Kisselburg, ABH-1 E-6, were December 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Craddock Memorial Chapel with Major Jeff Daniel officiating. Military interment rites followed at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Charles was born December 12, 1934, in Tecumseh, Okla., to Knoxie Ray Wade and Clarence Alfred Kisselburg. He passed from this life on December 11, 2013. He was the eighth of nine children.
Upon graduation from Choctaw High School in 1952 he enlisted in the US Navy, his home for 20 years. Achieving the rank of ABH-1. Charlie served on several aircraft carriers including the USS Oriskany CVA-34, USS Shangri-La CVR-38, US Boxer LPH-4, USS Valley Forge LPH-8 and USS OGDEN LPH-51. Charlie completed leadership training school and pushed five companies in the Great Lakes, Ill. He served also as a career counselor and swimming instructor. He was Red Cross certified and awarded for swimming 100 miles. Charlie was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, four Good Conduct Medals, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star, numerous accommodations and letter and letters of appreciations 74-02-21.
In 1961 Charles met and married Audrey Ford Martin. He moved from El Cajon, Calif., to Ardmore, Okla., after retirement and established his roots here. Charles worked as a maintenance engineer for the Holiday Inn until his full retirement in 1995. Charlie loved hunting, fishing, and being with his family He was a lifelong supporter of the NRA and the Salvation Army.
He passed after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Joseph Kyle Young; six brothers and sisters.
Charles is survived by a spouse, Audrey of the home; daughters, Brenda and Felix Pena of Ardmore, DaRon Fadot Lewis and husband, Chris of Showlow, Ariz.; sons, Carl Ray Kisselburg and wife, Dorothy of Marietta, Okla., John Kenneth Martin and wife, Toni of Emporia, Kansas; sisters, Lela Maye Jones of Lawrence, Kansas, Billie Kaye Grimes of Fort Worth, Texas; brother, Kenneth Gerald Kisselburg of Shawnee, Okla; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Felix Pena, Carl Kisselburg, John Martin, Chris Lewis, and Kenneth Gerald Kisselburg.
Online condolences may be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.