Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home

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Charles Joseph Phifer

September 6, 1932December 31, 2019

Charles Joseph Phifer was born on September 6, 1932 and passed away on December 31, 2019 and is under the care of Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home.

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Michael Mooney

January 9, 2020

A great neighbor and friend! Always a smile and a wave at the mailboxes and the occasional glass of wine (or gin) at our place or the beautiful log home he and Bev built. Charlie warmed the room when he walked in and always had a story to share. He will be missed by many.

Bill Buntin

January 9, 2020

The world was a better place with Dr. Charlie adding his insight, wit, charm, generosity, intelligence, creativity, energy and love. He will be sorely missed by many. He was a warm and passionate soul that always had a quick smile whenever he saw you, His memory even now brings a smile to my face as I recall all the fun times we had together. My heart goes out to you Bev, but I know you will be strong, just a Charlie would want of you. God Bless.

Joe Seifer

January 8, 2020

Charlie, was an old friend, that I have not seen since 1995. He was part of my story, when this yankee lived in Nashville, Tn. He was a good man and I am sorry to hear that he passed.

Steve Peck

January 8, 2020

Charlie was a real gentleman and a pleasure to work with. I will miss the witty conversation that I was fortunate enough to have with him every year when we would plan his grape harvest. He always tried to keep me on my toes. He is the only grower I ever worked with that accused me of picking his grapes too early - before the flavor had fully developed. He really wanted to grow the best wine possible and was known for his outstanding Cabernet. Anyone who visited his home and vineyard could feel the warmth and the love that he shared with Bev. You will be missed Charlie!
Steve Peck (J. Lohr Winery).

Rene Patenaude

January 7, 2020

Charlie was a neighbor and friend. A wonderful man to be with; the kind that light up a room with their presence.
He and Bev were so helpful when I moved my family to Creston, and he was like a second grandfather to my son.
He will be sorely missed, by both my family and our community.

Howard Ward

January 6, 2020

Meeting Charlie was one of the treasures of my life. He was one of the kindest gentlest souls I have ever met. I always looked forward to his birthday parties and listening to him go on about his family and his ranch. He knew what was important in life and I will truly miss him.

Bev Phifer

January 6, 2020

Charles Joseph Phifer, 87, of Creston was born September 6, 1932 in McMinnville Tennessee. Charlie is survived by his loving wife Bev and his daughters Shannon Deck and Cari Henry.

Charlie graduated from Vanderbilt University as a Civil Engineer, worked in the field for seven years leaving to get his medical degree to become a radiologist from Vanderbilt. He then went to California for his residency at UCLA and started practicing medicine in the San Fernando Valley. He retired after 33 years of medical practice and moved to Creston, California in 1992 where he and his wife built their dream home on Phifer Ranch and Vineyard.

Charlie was a veteran, serving in the Army 1st Calvary division in the late 50s. Charlie always lived life to the fullest and had an incredible resume of life experiences. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend — a true patriot and a Country Gentleman.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday January 25th at:

Creston Community Center
5110 Swayze Road
Creston, Ca. 93432
From 1:00 to 5:00pm

Tom Savory

January 4, 2020

Charlie was like the father that I always searched for. He gave me great advice, but you had to listen because he only said it once. Both Charlie and I are airplane pilots, He had some great pilot stories to tell. We will miss you Charlie, looking forward to seeing you on the other side of the vail.


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