Victor Charles

Victor A. Charles, 87, passed away Friday, May 30, 2014, at Hospice of Chattanooga. He was born on Dec. 11, 1927, in Easton, Pa., the son of August and Sarah Charles (both deceased). He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy 1944-1947 in the Pacific aboard activity in the Okinawa and Philippine liberation. He finished his tour of duty on the carrier USS Boxer. He settled in Reno, Nev., for 35 years. In Reno/Lake Tahoe he was associated with Gray Line Tours as vice-president and general manager. Following that Vic and an associate established American Transportation Insurance Services specializing in insurance for the motor coach industry. He was an avid boater, first in lakes near his Nevada home, then to the more challenging waters of the Pacific coast. He continued his love of boating east to the Gulf Coast of Florida, Lake Wylie in South Carolina, and finally the "low country" of the Georgia Empire Coast. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Vivian (Austin), and four daughters by previous marriages: Vickie and Cheryl, of Reno, Nev., Andrea, of Tampa, Fla., Ruth of Tatamy, Pa.; five grandchildren and four great-granddaughters. With his marriage to Vivian Austin came an extended family of two sons and a daughter, Charles, Stephen and Beth Austin; along with two grandsons and a granddaughter. Vics surviving siblings are sister, Virginia, of Everett Wash., sister, Dolly McVey of Reno, brother, Robert, of California and sister, Marjorie, also of California. The family will receive at Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel today, June 2, from 5:30-7 p.m., closing with a short celebration of life service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brainerd Kiwanis Youth Foundation, P.O. Box 25134, Chattanooga, TN 37422. Please share your thoughts and memories online at Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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