Charles Franklin Mincemoyer, born August 5, 1917 to David Norman and Frances Christina Richardson in Cherry Valley, Illinois passed away February 27, 2008 in New Braunfels, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Catherine Lundgren and their children Martha Blair and husband Richard of Kerrville, Texas, Marguerite Macke and husband Paul of New Braunfels, son Carl and wife Debra of New Braunfels, son Clifford and wife Druanne of San Antonio, Texas. He also leaves a brother Richard Mincemoyer, of Rockford, Illinois and was predeceased by brother Gaius and sisters Freda, Eunice, Helen and Mary Jane. Fifteen grandchildren and many great and great-great grandchildren will remember him, as will many nieces and nephews.
Charles lived in Rockford, Illinois until 1969 when he moved to Cypress Cove in Spring Branch, Texas where he enjoyed the beauty and warmth of the Hill Country. In Illinois, he was a master machinist for Ingersoll Milling Machine Co. and made some of the parts for the first atomic bomb for which he received an award of excellence from the U.S. Navy. He was a volunteer fireman, school board member, and an active member of the Lutheran Church. He loved to sing in his church choir as well as in the Rockford Choral Union. After moving to Texas, he became active in the Blanco Lions Club and the Republican Party of Comal County. For many years, he was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bulverde, Texas and, more recently, First Lutheran in San Marcos, Texas.
Charles had a wondrous curiosity about the world and loved traveling in our beautiful country. He delighted in showing his children its wonders, proudly declaring that he had taken them from coast to coast and border to border. Money was tight, so he rigged up the family station wagon with sleeping bags, a pup tent and a sterno stove. Later, he and Catherine enjoyed celebrating major wedding anniversaries with cruises to Hawaii, Alaska and the Panama Canal. With friends from the church in Bulverde, they caravanned to Holden Village in Washington and Sky Ranch in Colorado.
He was a strong presence in our lives and will be very much missed.
Memorial service will be on Saturday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braunfels with a reception for all friends and family at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels.
Memorials may be sent to; Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, Lions club, First Lutheran Church of San Marcos, or a charity of your choice.