Charles Franklin Wochomurka

Charles Franklin Wochomurka

November 29, 1925 - April 9, 2017

Charles Franklin Wochomurka

November 29, 1925 - April 9, 2017


Wochomurka, Charles Franklin Jr. – Age 91 of Brentwood was born again to our Lord on Palm Sunday April 9, 2017. He is survived by his sons, Charles “Chip” Franklin Wochomurka III (Jayne) of Franklin, TN and Allan Ramsay Wochomurka of Portland, ME; his daughter Elizabeth Wochomurka Baugh (Mark) of Piperton, TN; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and his sister-in-law Ann Wochomurka (Donald) of Bloomfield, CT. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years Lois Merritt Wochomurka; his parents Charles and Marie (Parizek) Wochomurka of West Willington, CT; his brother Adolph Wochomurka of West Willington, CT; his brother Donald Wochomurka of Simsbury, CT; and, his sister Rose Ann Morrison of Amston, CT. Charlie was born in 1925 in Stafford Springs, CT and grew up in West Willington, CT. Following his graduation from high school in 1943 he briefly attended Brown University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Air Cadet. In August, 1945 when WW II ended Charlie was but a few weeks short of receiving his Navy Wings. At the request of his parents he chose to be honorably discharged as his brother Navy pilot LT. (JG) Adolph had been killed in January 1945 in the battle for Leyte Gulf. Charlie returned to Brown University where he graduated in 1948 and then married his wife Lois in 1949. For the next 63 years of devotion and adventure together, they lived in New York (Levittown), Massachusetts (East Chop, Martha’s Vineyard), Connecticut (West Willington and Weston), FL (Destin) and TN (Knoxville, Tullahoma, Germantown, Collierville and Brentwood). Charlie was at first a member of a family owned business and later owned his own businesses all of which operated in button manufacturing and the distribution of apparel trim products. He was a Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Lions Club in several of the cities in which he lived. Charlie loved boating all around the waters of Martha’s Vineyard and New England in general. He was a private pilot who owned several planes, flying on frequent trips across the U.S. and from Calgary to Guatemala and he never lost his zest for life and adventure on the water and especially in the air. Charlie’s family would like to extend deep gratitude to the staff and fellow residents at The Heritage of Brentwood for ten years of unfailing support, love and attention to his daily life. His life was richly lived in adventure, family, friends and a deep faith in God. A memorial service will be held on April 28, 2017, at The First United Church (UCC) at 3410 Granny White Pike in Nashville, TN, at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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3 responses to Charles Franklin Wochomurka

  1. Lea Alley says:

    My Grandpa was one of a kind. He lived life to the fullest and to me as a little girl he was invincible. I wanted to be just like him and would wake up extra early to try and join him on his early morning runs. He would even let me have a cup of coffee with him afterwards! From teaching me to tie my shoes, to loving Tennessee Volunteers football, he is a huge part of who I grew up to be. He was at every tball game and made almost all of my piano and choir concerts and always made sure I knew I was loved. I will miss you so much, Grandpa. I’m so thankful that because of Jesus I know I will see you again. Until then, I hope you and Grandma are dancing together at last, and you get to fly your Comanche again complete with a Cool Whip container for bathroom breaks 🙂 I love you with all of my heart! Lea

  2. Sending my condolences to his family. I can still picture this very handsome man sitting on his favorite bench at ECBC. Time flies.

  3. Lon Prather says:

    I was sad to hear of Uncle Charlie passing. He was that rare person when being around him made you feel all was right in the world. Safe, happy.. even “Jolly”. He had Hollywood looks and with his husky voice and mannerisms, I was not the only one who made comparisons to Robert Mitchum with a little John Wayne thrown in. Always a twinkle in his eye, his laugh made the room a little brighter, the sky a little bluer and the good-byes a little harder. Once again I find myself offering prayers and condolences to the Wochomurka clan. I know with all the fond and happy memories of Uncle Charlie, it makes it a little easier. So now, as he flies off into the sunset with Aunt Lois, I say “Charlie-Foxtrot-Whiskey-Zero-Zero-One, until we meet again” Lon, Glad and Kip Prather (Gainesville, Virginia)

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