Charles Louis ORY
February 18, 1948 – October 3, 2019
Charles Louis Ory passed away peacefully at his home in Mesa, Arizona, on 10/3/2019, with family by his side. He fought his cancer valiantly throughout the last year of his life and kept his sense of humor till the very end. His family is heartbroken at his loss but know that he is no longer in pain nor confined to watching endless westerns and political shows from his bed.
Charles was born on 02/18/1948 to Sterling and Lona Ory in Greenville, Mississippi. His family moved to New Orleans during his junior high years. Charlie met the love of his life, Teri, during his junior year at John McDonogh High School. After 5 years of being an item, they married on July 4, 1969. Driving a Frito-Lay truck in the rainy, muggy New Orleans weather lost its appeal and Teri and Charlie moved to Mesa, Arizona, where he continued to work for Frito-Lay and she taught school.
Seeking a career change Charlie found his way to the propane industry working for several companies before joining his friend Jeff to be come co-owner of Aero Propane. When economic times became challenging they started separate companies and Charlie became sole owner of Family Propane. The highlight of his career was his involvement with the Arizona Gas and Propane Association (APGA) and the National Gas and Propane Association (NPGA). In 2015 NPGA selected Charlie to be the chairman of their association. Through APGA and NPGA he formed many friendships that he treasured throughout the last 20+ years of his life.
While he loved his industry, his family was the most important part of his life. His sons Chuck and David are a testimony to the man he was. His daughter-in-laws Nicole and Maria are the perfect women for his sons and he loved them dearly. Grandchildren, however, enriched his life the most. Amelia, Ellie, and Apollo were blessed with a grandpa beyond compare and they meant the world to him.
Charlie is preceded in death by his parents, Lona and Stering Ory, his sister Shirley and his brother Bobby as well as his in-laws Mary and Irvin Trimmer and their sons Ken and Allan Trimmer.
In addition to his wife Teri, their sons Chuck and David, his daughter-in-laws Nicole and Maria and those precious grandchildren Amelia, Ellie, and Apollo, Charlie is survived by his sister-in-laws Dawn Trimmer and Nancy Chalstrom and his nephews Chris Trimmer and Todd Trimmer and his nieces Kelle Ory and Linda Early Arseneau.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 16, at 11:00, at Mariposa Gardens located at 6747 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, Arizona. The service will be followed by a reception at Mariposa Gardens.
Celebration of Life
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care
400 South Power Road