WATERTOWN, NY — Charles Edwin Pennock, Sr., 86, Watertown, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at Samaritan Medical Center, where he had been a patient since March 7, 2019.
Born May 20, 1932, at home, in the town of Hounsfield, the son of Kenneth C. and Irene Fields Pennock, he graduated with the Class of 1951 from Hounsfield Central School in Sackets Harbor.
He entered active duty with the United States Army on April 22, 1952 and served in Korea, Japan, and with the 333 rd C/R Company at Nome Field, Nome, Alaska. His duty station was located at Gambell Air Field on St. Lawrence Island in the Bearing Sea. He received an honorable discharge with the rank of Sergeant, in April 1955, receiving the National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals. He then served with the United States Army Reserve until April 1961.
Charles married Audrey June Baker on Oct. 23, 1954, at the United Church of Sackets Harbor. Charles worked for New York Telephone Company as a cable-splicer and lineman from 1955 until his retirement in 1985. He then worked as a civilian employee in electrical/communications for the U.S. Army on Fort Drum from 1985 to 1995.
Charles was active with the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor for many years, and then with the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Mary, Florida following retirement.
He was Past Master of the Sackets Harbor Masonic Lodge #135 F&M with 60 years of membership. He also served as Grand Sword Bearer, representing the Grand Lodge of the State of New York. He was a member of the Royal Arch Masons for 51 years.Charles served as President of the Board of Education of Hounsfield Central School, Sackets Harbor from 1974 to 1978. He was a member the Telephone Company Pioneers of America,Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 1757, and the Moose Lodge of Lake Mary, Florida.
Charles also served as a police officer for the Village of Sackets Harbor.
Charles is survived by a daughter, Debra Bennett and husband Earl of Dexter; a son Charles Jr. and wife Virginia of Mannsville; and a son James and wife Trina of Sackets Harbor; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Charles was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Audrey, two brothers, S. Fred and Lynn, and his great-granddaughter, Shelby Harris.
After his service in Alaska, Charles and his wife, Audrey, planned a return trip to Alaska for many years. In the early 1990s, that dream was realized when they and another couple embarked on a transcontinental trip to Alaska in truck campers. They traveled the Alaska Highway, and enjoyed many off-road adventures. While in service on St. Lawrence Island, Charles enjoyed friendships with several Alaskan Yup’ik natives. One friend, Florence Nupok Malewotkuk, an artist and carver, later became renownedfor her realistic drawings depicting daily native life.
Charles, Audrey and their family enjoyed summers at the cottage he built on Silver Shores.
Charles enjoyed fishing, hunting, antique tractors, auto races, and spending time with his many friends. After retirement, Charles and Audrey spent winters in DeBary, Florida, where they cherished their “Florida” family. He was blessed with a
“Slater Road” family, as well as his “Telephone Company” family that met on Fridays at McDonalds. He cherished each of you.
There will be calling hours 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019, with a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter.
A burial with military honors will be held 1 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2019, in Lakeside Cemetery, Sackets Harbor, with Rev. Stephen Turner officiating.
Online condolences may be made to dexterfuneralhome.com.
Donations in lieu of flowers are requested to be made to the Volunteer Transportation Service of Jefferson County, 24685 Route 37, Watertown, NY 13601.
Charles and his family wish to thank his drivers from Volunteer Transportation, the nurses of the Watertown Dialysis Center, his nurses on 4 th Floor Pavilion, as well as his in-hospital dialysis nurses at Samaritan Medical. Our family is especially grateful for the wonderful care provided by Drs. Khalid Sindhu, Wejeeha Sindhu and Jahangir Randhawa.