Sep 20 2009
The obituary for Linda’s brother Charles is up at the Clovis News Journal online:
I added the following memory of Uncle Charles at the site:
Linda Widner and Charles had a special relationship, and Charles was very protective of his little sis. When I started dating Linda Widner in the mid-80s, I was concerned about three things; offending God, disappointed her parents (the Bobs), and antagonizing Uncle Charles.
What I remember about Charles was his sense of humor, his ability to do practically /anything/ (I still remember the time we walked around the Bob’s home in Conchas Dam and nearly stepped on a rattlesnake sunning itself – we backed up real slow and careful-like, and Linda’s dad came and took off the head of the snake with a shovel. Charles skinned the snake and made me a belt).
In recent years, Charles drove truck over-the-road and stopped by to visit us in Wisconsin where we live. We met him at a truck stop on his way through and had a nice meal. We talked about laptop computers and his uncertain view of the future.
Not long after that, he suffered a physical ailment while driving his truck and nearly died. Family and friends flocked to his side but it was touch-and-go there for awhile. Later, as he slowly recovered, he squared things with the Lord. After recuperating with Bob and Bobbie, he was happy to get his own house in Clovis. I understand he enjoyed inviting people to go to church with him.
Charles called us a week ago Saturday out of the blue. We chatted briefly and I gave the phone to Linda. They chatted for thirty minutes. I haven’t seen Linda so happy in quite some time. Because we live in Wisconsin, Charles comically chastised me for not being out fishin’. He was intelligent, funny (in his own way), a heckuva cook, and as fierce an ally as a person could hope to have.
I never antagonized Charles with regard to taking care of his little sisterâ€”Linda and I celebrate our 24th anniversary this December. And I like to think that Charles is now in heaven, fishin’ with Jesus.