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Dimond & Sons Needles Mortuary

222 E Street, Needles, CA

OBITUARY

Charles Cornelius Cresap

July 30, 1951March 8, 2020
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Mr. Charles Cornelius Cresap, age 68, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at his part time residence in Havasu Lake, CA from his battle with Glioblastoma Brain Tumor. He was born on July 30, 1951 in Monticello, IL. He attended the University of Illinois for a short time before joining the United States Air Force where he attended the Defense Language Institute then worked as an Arabic Linguist. He retired with the rank of Master Sergeant from the USAF in 1990 after having served for 20 years. He received numerous medals and ribbons during his time of service and an AA degree from the Community College of the Air Force. After retirement he worked as a Test Engineer for Lockheed and other military contractors until he retired in August 2016. He was fondly called Soppy, his Air Force nickname, by his friends and family, except his sisters who called him Charlie. He remained in touch with many of his Air Force friends via the “Prop Wash Gang” group. He was an active member of the Havasu Lake Yacht Club and enjoyed driving around the landing in his bright yellow golf cart. He is survived by his wife, Lora Cresap of Chatsworth, GA; son, Michael and daughter-in-law Brooke Cresap of Fontana, CA; son Constantine Cresap of Klamath Falls, OR; grandchildren Zoey and Elliot Cresap of Fontana, CA; sister and brother in law, Louise and Don Huckaby of Morris, IL; sister and brother in law Joyce and Bob Brumfield of Mahomet, IL; niece and nephews; step son and his wife, Chaz and Bambi Wright of Dalton, GA; step daughter and her husband, Christina and Tommy Champion of Chickamauga, GA and step grandchildren, Ethan and Caden Wright, Zori and Jessie Champion, Elizabeth and Jordon Sutton. He was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Florence Cresap. A memorial service with full military honors will be held on March 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Dimond & Sons Funeral Home in Needles, CA. Donations to the American Brain Tumor Society in lieu of flowers are requested.

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 21, 2020

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Alma Smith

March 18, 2020

Sending love and prayers of comfort to my sister, Lora, and all family and friends. Beautiful tribute and wonderful pictures of Soppy.
Love,
Mitchell, Alma, Nick, Matthew, Leighann and Benson

Suzanna Grueser

March 17, 2020

Soppy brought a light to Lora. He brought her balance and happiness. I’m thankful to him for bringing such joy to my friend.

John Brown

March 17, 2020

I will always remember “Soppy” best in the Triple R Bar following flights or after work. Held court and he always found someone to prosecute or defend. “Furgy” was usually being prosecuted. In fun. He was a blast during People’s Fest. But the one thing I will always remember him best is the pic of him at the backyard with his cigar. We all will meet again.

Stephanie Dexter Ahrendt

March 17, 2020

My twin, Diane & i have known Charlie since the 2nd grade @ White Heath grade school. Such a sad loss. Our condolences go out to his sisters as well as all of his family. Very sad to hear of his passing.

Ginger Wahl

March 17, 2020

Charlie was such character! He always told me as kids he was older than me! Two months! He teased Louise, Joyce and I when we would play. Always so intelligent I always knew he was going to be a rocket scientist! That’s because that’s what I knew as a smart person when young. He got close! Charlie will be missed....he was one of those rare real people in life.

So sorry for your loss.

Ginger Weets Wahl

Lynn McConnell

March 16, 2020

My condolences to Charlie’s family. I was Charlie’s roommate freshman year at EIU in Charleston, Illinois. We were high school classmates ( class of 1969 ) at Monticello High Scholl and decided to room together that fall at EIU. Charlie was a lot of fun and was always getting into some kind of mischief. He was a very smart guy but at that time in life school was just not his cup of tea and he decided to enroll in the AirForce instead of getting drafted. We had some fun times together. I always tried to sit next to him in the cafeteria in the dorm the nites steak or pork was served because he refused to eat it due to the fact that growing up on a farm he had meat all the time and was tired of it so he would always give it to me. I am sure you will all miss him. Sincerely, Lynn McConnell Monticello, Illinois

George Honsaker

March 16, 2020

This country will never fully know what Soppy accomplished sacrificed and during his Air Force service. Always looking out for his subordinates while expecting excellence and ensuring that systems he tested were without fault and provided operators with only the best of capabilties. A man of intergrity and compassion. We'll miss Soppy!

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