Charles James Nagle Jr.
June 21, 1930 – September 26, 2018
A Mass of Christian Burial for Charles J. (Chuck) Nagle, Jr., 88 will be at 10 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove on Friday, October 5, 2018 with Father Jim Robertson and Father Chris Downey officiating. A reception will be held in the Social Hall immediately after the Mass. Burial with full Military Honors will follow at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery. Mr. Nagle died September 26, 2018.
Mr. Nagle was born June 21, 1930 in Hartford, Connecticut to Charles Nagle and Elizabeth (Cooney) Nagle. He graduated from high school in 1948. After thirty three years of taking different college courses at various locations, gaining and losing credits along the way, he was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1981 from American Technological University, Killeen, Texas.
He and his family have lived in the Kempner/Copperas Cove area since 1979.
Mr. Nagle entered military service in October, 1948 and retired from the U.S. Air Force in May 1977 at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas having attained the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He was a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and also served with the Post World War II, Occupation Forces of Japan. During his Military career, Nagle served in various assignments at Squadron, Group, Wing and Major Command level. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Nagle was assigned to HQ Air Training Command, responsible for monitoring and coordinating maintenance training programs at Flying Training Wings and at Technical Training Centers throughout the Command. During his career, he attended various leadership, management, and technical courses and was awarded several decorations and numerous service awards.
He later was employed by the U.S. Army at Fort Hood in the Office of Adjutant General, responsible for overseeing the Adjutant General's Garrison activities and functions. Upon his retirement in 1992, he was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Award.
Mr. Nagle was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church, participating in a number of Ministries. In particular, he was involved in the Ministry of Altar Servers for a number of years, developing and implementing a comprehensive altar server program, and later served as a Sacristan. Mr. Nagle and his wife, Shirley, were awarded the Diocesan Lumen Gentium Award in 2007 for their volunteer work in the parish.
Mr. Nagle served as Director for the Kempner Water Service Corporation for a number of years. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #6658, as well as various veterans and retired organizations.
Family was as important to Mr. Nagle as God and his country, and his beloved family reached beyond his wife, children, siblings and in-laws. He spent many months planning the Nagles' annual Christmas gathering (lovingly known as "Naglefest"), including a close personal friendship with Santa Claus. This very special occasion was enjoyed by family and many friends.
He was a husband and father, but also a mentor and friend to many others in his church, his career, and his community. His leadership and his presence will be missed by all.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Shirley; two daughters, Debbie Sharp and Patti Taylor; two sons, James, Jeffrey and wife, Sherri; two stepsons Country and Eric Salquist; and daughter-in-law, Polly. He is also survived by a sister, Kathy Arkilander. He also leaves to mourn his passing numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family members and a multitude of friends.
Mr. Nagle was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Elizabeth Nagle; daughter, Belinda and son-in-law James McVaugh; son George (Mike); brother, Robert; sister Peggy and Roger Marchant, sister Betty Ann and Jerry Ehlman; granddaughters, Kassidi Salquist and Ally Taylor.
The family will receive visitors from 6-8 PM on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, Texas with Rosary at 7 PM.
- Knights of Columbus, Honorary Pallbearers
- Jeff Nagle, Active Pallbearer
- Eric Salquist, Active Pallbearer
- Country Salquist, Active Pallbearer
- Kyle Salquist, Active Pallbearer
- Landon Sharp, Active Pallbearer
- Todd Dilworth, Active Pallbearer
- Visitation Thursday, October 4, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, October 5, 2018
- Funeral Procession Friday, October 5, 2018
- Graveside Service Friday, October 5, 2018
Charles James Nagle Jr.
Cindy Beaumont (Arkilander)
October 1, 2018
My daughter Nicole was eight years old the one and only time she met her Great Uncle Sonny. He had traveled from Texas to attend the funeral services of his brother Robert Nagle. Nicole had been a shy, very reserved, child, especially around men. She had several Uncles who remained at arm's length over many years. Then Uncle Sonny came to visit. Nicole followed him around the house, they talked and played games. Nicole had gotten a magnet and Uncle Sonny explained how magnets and his pacemaker were not a good combination. Over the years, she would ask about him and her nana, Kathy Arkilander, would tell her how Uncle Sonny would ask "How's my girl?" referring to Nicole. My daughter recently turned seventeen and was deeply saddened to hear of her Uncle's passing. She clearly recollects the visit, but more importantly, the loving bond that was created between the two of them so many years ago. May fond memories of Sonny comfort her, and the family and friends that he touched over the years. Rest in peace Uncle Sonny.
September 29, 2018
Love and prayers to you and all of your family, Aunt Shirley. I have very fond memories of Uncle Chuck and know that he is now with Our Lord and Savior. All my love, Lynne
September 29, 2018
I enjoyed Chuck and Shirley during my time at Holy Family. I know the church lost a valuable member when Chuck went to heaven. He was such a kind man and such an exemplary church member. I aspire to be as valuable member in my church as he was for Holy Family.
September 27, 2018
I always looked forward to Saturday afternoon when Chuck was the sacristan. We would always talk while he prepared the alter and I put up the numbers for choir. He always encouraged me. Both he and Shirley were very supportive when I was going through some rough times.
Rest In Peace Chuck. God has called you home. Prayers for Shirley and the family.
September 27, 2018
I will always remember the times we spent together at Timeshares, Hawaii, Sodona, Las Vegas, Colorado, Lake Tahoo. Always fun to share times with the ones we love. Chuck will be missed. My prayers go out to you, Shirley, and to all your family, and May Chuck rest in Peace with our Blessed Savior. I love you, Mavis