Fredrick M. Charles Sr., 85, Mitchell

Fredrick M. Charles Sr., 85, of Mitchell, passed away Sunday, August 26, 2012 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2012 at Jones Mortuary in Mitchell with Pastor Rachel LaBounty officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Mitchell City Cemetery. The Nebraska Army National Guard will provide military honors. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials be made to the Panhandle Humane Society or to Prairie Haven Hospice.

Fred was born June 13, 1927 in Millville, PA to Harvey and Julia (Phillips) Charles. He was raised in rural Pennsylvania and completed the 9th grade. Fred went to live with Margaret "Maggie" Phillips at the age of 13. He joined the Army at age 17 and served from 1945 to 1947 and then returned to the family farm. Fred married Norma Murray in January of 1949 and to this union four children were born; Fredrick Jr. "Buddy", Carol, Eleanor, and Debra.

The family moved to Kansas City, Mo in 1959 where Fred worked in the mobile home business. He and the family moved again in 1966 to Chickasha, OK and then on to Watertown, SD. They settled in Scottsbluff in 1968 where Fred began the Sunflower Trailer Park and built a home on Sunflower Road. He also worked for Magnolia Homes as a production manager. Then, in 1970, Fred started moving mobile homes under, "Fred Mobile Homes" and was the owner and operator. He moved many, many homes in the valley over the years. Fred opened the Sunflower Mobile Home Park in 1972 and the business remained open until 2006.

Fred moved to Cheyenne in 2008 to be closer to his son and family and recently returned to the valley in 2012 where he remained until his passing. He was a member of the American Legion in Sonestown, PA.

Survivors include his children, Fredrick (Deanna Parker) Charles Jr. of Cheyenne, Carol Bernard of Mitchell, Eleanor (Les) McKnight of Scottsbluff, and Debra (Jim) Sanders of Mitchell; sister, Mabel King of Montgomery, PA; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

Preceding Fred in death were his parents; his wife, Norma; brothers, Paul, Brad, Nevin, Max, and Bill; sisters, Freda and Betty; several sisters-in-law; and brothers-in-law.

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