Lionel "Babe" Cecil Charle

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Lionel "Babe" Cecil Charle, 89, died Aug. 31, 2005.

Mr. Charle moved to Payson in 1969. He was a master plumber and was manager of United Utilities, a Payson water company, during the 1970s.

Mr. Charle was a combat veteran who served his country in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a staff sergeant. Among his many awards and commendations was a letter of achievement from then Governor of California, Earl Warren, dated April 2, 1946, for outstanding service to his country.

He was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and qualified as a sharpshooter with the M-1 combat rifle.

Mr. Charle was honorably separated from the United States Army after the Japanese surrender Nov. 25, 1946.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Winnifred; son, Alan; and grandson, Brian Matheson, all of Payson.

A celebration of life is being planned for later in the year.

Memorial contributions can be made to RTA Hospice of Payson.

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