Charles Howard Inglish

April 1, 1914May 8, 2013
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Charles Howard Inglish (NEHI) April 1, 1914 to May 8, 2013 Charlie was born in Westville, Oklahoma to parents Charles and Ethyl Inglish. Married Ruth Dean August 15, 1942. Graduated from Sapulpa High School Where he won the State Championship in Golf in 1932. Won the Tri-State Championship in Durant and the first L.H. Championship in Ardmore. He was also City Champ in Sapulpa and Okmulgee and previously held the course record and later held the senior record at Trosper Park. He made 13 holes in one during his career. After high school, he attended Okmulgee Tech and then graduated from Phillips University with a BS Degree in 1940, where he played basketball and scored the first basket of the first All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City in 1936. During World War II he was a glider pilot and flew the Twelfth Glider into Normandy during the Allied Invasion on June 6, 1944; and also in Holland and crossed the Rhine in 1945 on his third mission. His military rank was Flight Officer in the Air Corps. He was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star, and the Good Conduct Medal. After the war, he was a Principal and football coach at Dewar High School 1946 – 1949. He received his Master’s in Education from University of Oklahoma in 1947. Later, in 1949, he was the first full time Principal at Del City Elementary in the Mid-Del School District. He later was the first Principal at Highland Park Elementary in which many teachers moved with him to the new school. He retired after 30 years in 1979. Dad was very proud and thankful for all the friends and colleagues he worked with in the Mid-Del School District, golfing buddies, and staff at Trosper Park, where he played for over 50 years and was named Honorary Chairman of the Board. He was also appreciative of the parents and children he befriended through school, PTA, Del City Lions Club, Del City Christian Church, Del City Historical Society, and other civic and sporting activities. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ethyl Inglish; wife Ruth; and brothers George and Bill. He is survived by his daughter Deborah and her daughter Kara; sons Howard and Rick, and Rick’s son Kenny and his wife Ashley and their children Makaila, Colin, and Ciarra. Private service with a Celebration of Life Reception at Sunny Lane Funeral Home. Viewing 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Friday, May 10th, and Reception 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM also on May 10th. If there is a golf course in Heaven, Dad is on the back nine, FORE!


  • Celebration of Life Reception Friday, May 10, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, May 10, 2013

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Randy Callaway

March 1, 2014

Ah! I see that someone else remembers the dreaded "electric paddle"! Mr. Inglish was my principal at Del City Elementary from 1959 to 1966, and it seemed like a lifetime back then. I was in his office for serious offenses three times during the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades; all surely worthy of punishment by paddling. Every blessed time, Mr. Inglish excused me simply for telling him the truth about my involvement in those incidents. I always thought him a good and fair man, and a role model of honesty for a young boy to aspire to. I'll say that Mr. Inglish did a man's job with me and made me a better man for it. My years at Del City Elementary were the best of my entire education and I wish to have told him exactly that; but will instead express my condolences to his family for their loss,and my gratitude to them for his selfless service in the Mid-Del school system.

May 23, 2013

dear cousin Nehi -I was a younger cousin during WWII with visits from him when he had leave time near Detroit-he sent artifacts from overseas to us and the most exciting treasure was a parachute!my Mom ,his AuntMary lived with Nehi and his brothers and parents--many a summer visit in Okmulgee was made delightful as he and Ruth spoiled me with cherry cokes at the drug store!Miles have separated us in my adult years,but you never left my memories--my love to the family Jeanine(Mrs.Carl)Field McCutchan, now of Altus,Okl.

May 18, 2013

Mr. English took Rick, Howard, Teddy and myself to Kansas City to see KC and the Yankees play during 4th of July weekend in 1961. Mickey hit 2 or 3 home runs during the series. Howard got Mickey's autograph. We had a pillow fight in a hotel room, feathers were every where. Mr. English showed a lot of patience toward young teenage boys. There were no cross words. What a memorial trip and fond memory. Thoughts go out to Howard and family.

Marty Conrad

May 17, 2013

Mr. Inglish, was a kind man a great person. He was my first principal. I was somewhat scared of him because I would always hear about an "electric paddle" in his office...:> RIP Mr. Inglish..journey well.

Donella Aubrey-Anderson

May 13, 2013

From Kindergarten through the 6th grade at Del City Elementary always saw Mr. Inglish with a smile on his face as he greeted us students when we entered the doors.God Bless Charles Inglish

Ron Craven

May 12, 2013

Like thousands of other elementary students, I have such clear memories of Mr. Inglish, I attended Del City Elementary in 1948 to 1950 for the 3rd and 4th grades, then was reassigned to Epperly Heights when that school was opened. Today when I walk in to the Homeland store in Del City, I always look at the picture of Mr. Inglish and the teachers at Del City Elementary that had such a positive influence on my life.

Paula Churchill

May 11, 2013

Mr. Inglish was my first principal at Del City Elementary. Even thought is was 45 years ago I still remember him as being a very kind and loving man. I know everyone who met him was blessed to have know such a nice gentle man.
God Bless to all his family.

Bruce Oliva

May 11, 2013

Debbie and Family,
Your father was such an inspiration and a wonderful roll figure when we were children at Del City Elementary. He will forever be in the memories of the "Oliva" family. May his legacy live on and on. Our prayers are with each of you.

May 11, 2013

Dear Rick and family,
Sorry to hear about your Dad. We enjoyed getting to visit with him at the Sienna facility. He was so sharp and enjoyed reading the paper I would take out for the guys. Love, The Weaver's

Stephanie Hinojosa Buckley

May 11, 2013

Goodbye to a stately gentleman he came to my Mom Jo Hinojosa's wake last August.God is with you and him on his new journey.