Charles Alvin York

December 28, 1929September 10, 2021

Colonel Charles Alvin York, U.S. Air Force (Retired), age 91 of Beavercreek Township, Ohio passed away Friday, September 10th, 2021 in Beavercreek. Charles (known as “Chuck” to his wife and “Charlie” to his friends) was born in Sioux City, Iowa on December 28th, 1929 to Gillham A. York and Callie W. (James) York. Charles was a graduate from Central High School, Sioux City, in 1948, from Kemper Military School in Boonevile, Missouri in 1950, and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1952. He subsequently completed Graduate Program in European Development at Cambridge University, England from 1958 to 1959, completed a management program at Harvard University in 1962, and he recieved a Master of Science in Business Administration degree from George Washington University in 1964. In addition to his civilian education, Charles graduated from the Air Command and Staff College.

Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1952, Charles served his nation for over thirty years. He was assigned to positions across the globe- in Alabama, California, Ohio, Utah, Wyoming, and overseas in Belgium, England, the Philippines, and the Republic of Vietnam. In addition, he served temporary duty assignments from Europe to Australia. Highlights of his career included supporting operations for the SR-71 Blackbird in Southeast Asia and serving for five years as the Chairman of the U.S sub-committee for the F-16 fighter Multinational Logistics program, and from 1979 to 1981 as Director of Material Management and Vice Commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. For his final active-duty assignment, he served as Director of Transportation and Distribution at the then Air Force Logistics Command, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

While serving, Charles earned three Legion of Merits, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Force Commendation Medals, and several other U.S. and Vietnamese service awards. He was recognized multiple times for his professionalism by Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, South Vietnam, and within the United States by the Air Force Association and his peers.

After retirement, Charles continued to serve the Air Force as a contractor for Contel from 1982 to 1986, the Battelle Memorial Institute from 1986 to 1995 and Sumaria Systems from 1995 to 2013. Over his career, he was member of several organizations which included the Electronic Engineering Manufactures Group, and the Society of Logisitics Engineers.

Charles was married to his wife Ardeth for over 67 years, a proud member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, notorious for his appetite for news, a fan of Mercedes-Benz automobiles, enjoyed watching University of Iowa Hawkeye sports, and frequently attended theater and musical events with his wife. He was particularly fond of big band music and the Lawrence Welk Show. Most importantly, he enjoyed being a grandfather and provided invaluable advice to his sons and grandchildren over the course of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and one grandchild and is survived by his wife, four sons, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Charles will be interred this week at the Dayton National Cemetery after a private family memorial. Remembrances can be sent to the Air Force Aid Society or another charity of your choice.


  • Private Family Burial


Charles Alvin York

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emily byers

September 15, 2021

Andrew, I am sorry for your loss. I was always amazed that your parents were at so many performances, and then viewed from home during Quarantine. Your dad will certainly be missed!

Connie Engler

September 13, 2021

To add to Charlie’s amazing obituary, he was an Emeritus member of EEMG. He was instrumental in assisting leadership with his knowledge of the community environment for contract support.

Cheryl Ann Simon

September 13, 2021

Hello to the Family of my great friend: Col York! For two days I have been hunting an obit for my great Friend: This man and his wife Ardith have been in my heart for about 30 years. No sweeter couple always smiling and loving family: I met him selling cars at Harmon Cadillac. He had so much respect for our great county he loved “people”. I loved Cambridge University my Dad went there also thru the great US Airforce. He would come and find me just to talk he was a great story teller he loved all his Children I had my own lane going thru him. It was Saturday and I got a call from Conrad’s nephew telling me the Col. Had passed.. here was was at the Church down the street at St. Charles attending his funeral I did not know about it. When John called I started Crying and I did not stop for a long time I had missed him. You never want to miss a gem like him. But I did. Thanks to John I at last I found him. Let me tell you all no finer people walk this earth these days. The Col. Loved his family and a very proud man We all are sure lucky we had him so long down here on earth. He spent plenty of time with all of them.. he spent plent of time with me going to his house to make sure his wife could hanlde anothe beige Cadillac Deville and to show her his special purchase of. Great looking Mercedes Benze. Drive those ladies they are still great cars. In my dreams I will still talk to my proud friend he is special on my list and I Truly will miss him. To you Aretha his lovely lady when you are ready I will pick you up for so we can remember your beautiful life thanks for sharing it with me Your Car Sales person proud to know you both

Donald Kringen

September 13, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Charles as a contractor with Sumaria Systems from 2008 to 2011. He had a wealth of knowledge of all aspects of the logistics career field and was always willing to discuss various strategies to help provide assistance to our customers! I have many fond memories of these discussions and I was eternally grateful for his input. My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace!

Connie Engler

September 12, 2021

So many fond memories of Charlie. I met him when working at Sumaria Systems. He knew I wanted to be in Business Development so he recommended I attend EEMG meetings with him. I did and enjoyed meeting so many wonderful professionals that I also joined AFA, AFCEA where for many years I served on the boards. Charlie was the best mentor anyone could imagine. He helped me write scripts when I had to speak in front of large crowds in AFCEA. He knew I needed confidence boosting and he may never know what that meant to me. He provided me with conference “booth approach” when volunteering/representing our company. What to say, how to stand. Most recently I reached out asking Charlie to help me with my performance evaluation write up. Of course he did and it was awesome! His mind was of steel and remembered every detail when he would share a story of his service. I once asked Charlie if he could do some recordings of his amazing careers because he served his country so proudly. And alongside him supporting him was his bride, Ardeth of many, many years! A true gem. I’ll never forget what Charlie did to help me succeed in my career. God Bless each family member of the York families. Charlie was a wonderful soul. My prayers will continue for healing. I will miss him dearly.