November 11, 1920 - June 19, 2020
Born in San Bernardio, California
Resided in Salinas, California
I will be returning home to San Bernardino, and I will be laid to rest next to my darling Goldie at Montecito Memorial Park, 3520 E Washington St in Colton on 6/29/2020. But first, there will be a viewing service at the Colton Funeral Home, 1275 N La Cadena Dr, Colton at 10:30 - 11:30 AM that same day. There will then be a graveside service at Montecito at 12:00 Noon.
I loved to fly, and I had a pilot’s license before I had a driver’s license. When WWII started, I enlisted into the Army Air Corps as a technician replacement. I serviced all the mechanical parts of the B-29 Flying Fortress. I was stationed in India and later on the Island of Tinian; I was there when the Enola Gay delivered the atomic bombs to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I was eventually promoted to tech sarge. I was discharged at war’s end in late 1945.
Goldie and I had two sons: Charles whose wife’s name is Rose; and James whose wife’s name is Joan. I currently have four grandchildren: Tara, Justin, Maren, and Philip I have 18 great-grandchildren. It’s not every day that a person gets to see his children’s children’s children!
After the war, I worked with my brothers in what was then considered a grocery supermarket. My brother Austin and I later built Stembridge Hardware in 1953. The building and shopping center we built still stands at 160 E Highland Ave in San Bernardino. We sold the hardware in 1966.
I loved to build. I built cabins in Crestline and Running Springs. I built and flew my own airplane. I built and restored several boats. I restored and modernized an old two-story house in Highland where I owned a 5-acre orange grove. My hands were never slack, and I wish the same for all of you. Good bye; it was a wonderful journey.
Colton, Ca., CA US 92324
Colton, CA US 92324