Charles C London, JR died unexpectedly in Keizer, Oregon on September 16, 2018, at the age of 76.
Charles is survived by his wife of 47 years Susan; his daughters, Tricia and her husband Ray, Simone, and Melissa and her husband Jeremy; his grandchildren Cassie, Heather, Anne, Sebastion, Michelle, Elijah, Ashlie, Tyler, and Avery; and his great grandchildren Theodore and Liana. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Celestine London; his brother Dennis London, his sister Sherry Pryor, and his granddaughter Danielle Busby.
Charles was born on September 14, 1942, in Modesto, CA to Charles and Celestine London. He graduated from Los Banos High School in 1960. Charles was drafted into the Army in 1964. During his term of service, he spent two and a half years as a combat medic in Vietnam. Before coming home, Charles received three purple hearts, a bronze star, and an air medal with 86 clusters.
Charles married Susan on July 3, 1971, in Reno, NV. Charles and Susan moved to Oxnard, CA in 1972 where Charles returned to college and worked as an armed patrolman for a local security company. Later, Charles worked as a union shingler. In 1979, Charles and Susan moved to Prairie City, OR in order to have a better life and area for their three daughters to grow up. After moving to Prairie City, Charles began working for the Grant County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff in the jail. Charles retired in 2005, as a Correctional Corporal, from the Sheriff's Office with more than 20 years of service. Charles also worked as a reserve Police Officer for the Prairie City Police Department for more than 15 years. Charles spent approximately 3 years as a volunteer with the Grant County Ambulance Service and several years as a volunteer with SABRA (Society Against Battery Rape and Abuse). Charles and Susan moved to Keizer, OR in 2007 to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren. They were blessed with a magical marriage of 47 plus years. He was an amazing husband and father.
His daughters remember him as being "perfect". He was quick to remind them on a regular basis of his perfect status. They also remember him as a kind, patient, loving father who would do anything for them. Charles raised his daughters to believe they could accomplish anything they set their minds to. He was incredibly proud of all of his daughters and who they have become. He was always there to listen, console, give an encouraging word, or to help set them straight if they were going the wrong direction.
Charles was an avid reader, hunter, marksman and a member of BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) for more than 35 years. He was rarely seen without a coffee cup in his hand and was quick with a smile.
An interment, with full military honors, is scheduled for 1:30 pm on Friday, October 19, 2018, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR. A casual reception at Ringo's Tavern (4170 River Rd N, Keizer, OR 97303) will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018, beginning at 4:00pm All are welcome to attend and celebrate Charles' life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Make a Wish Foundation of Oregon or to a charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank the Keizer Fire Department and Salem Hospital for their efforts and care.