Charles Ellison Cale, 74, died Nov. 14, 2004, after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease. He was born Oct. 27, 1930 in Wichita, Kan. to Ford Ellison Cale and Dorothy Hanne Cale Harris.
He attended elementary and high schools in Bucklin, Kan., graduating in 1948. In 1962, he received a bachelor of science degree in physics from Washburn University, Manhattan, Kan.
In 1979, he earned a second master's degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. During this time, he worked as a journeyman lineman and as an electrical engineer for public utility companies in Kansas and Arizona. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He retired from the Salt River Project in 1989 and moved to Payson to build a new home.
Mr. Cale enjoyed hunting, and was a member of the National Rifle Association. When he was in his 50s, he ran numerous 10K races, and the Phoenix marathon three times.
He is survived by his wife, Lettie of Payson; daughters, Dana Locke of Oakland, Calif. and Kathleen Cale of Phoenix; sons, Michael Cale of Payson and Timothy Cale of Niskaguna, N.Y.; sister, Betty Redwinski of Argo-Summit, Ill.; brothers, John Harris, Kansas City, Kan. and Kerry Gentry of Preston, Conn.; grandchildren, Betsy, Jessica, Vanessa and Stephanie Cale, and Lucas Coyle; and three great-grandchildren.
Donations can be made to RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mudsprings Road, Payson, AZ 85541; or the National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Drive. Interment will follow at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park in Payson.