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Charles August Falkenhagen, Jr.
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Charles August Falkenhagen, Jr.Charles August Falkenhagen, Jr., 82 of Galveston, died on Friday, July 06, 2007, surrounded by his devoted family, including the love of his life for more than 62 years, Charlotte Ann Boller Falkenhagen. 

Born on the Island on January 19, 1925, to Rosetta Schmuck Falkenhagen Gray and Charles August Falkenhagen, Charles remarked shortly before his passing that, “I’m ready to go, but it’s been fun, and I sure have enjoyed it.”  His life and his legacy reflect that philosophy.

At Charles and Charlotte’s 60th wedding anniversary celebration in 2005, Charles told the gathered group of family and friends that theirs had been a storybook life and they would not change a thing.  High school sweethearts, Charles and Charlotte were married in Galveston in January, 1945, with Charles sporting the uniform of a second lieutenant, a  B-17 pilot in the U. S. Air Force during World War II.   With the end of the war and his military commitment, Charles began a long and successful career with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP).  Like so many members of “The Greatest Generation,” Charles and Charlotte started their family and his college education concurrently.  In just over three years while working full-time, he earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. After raising their four sons in Houston, Charles retired from TGP as a senior vice president of operations in 1986 and the couple returned to Galveston Island where the family had spent many happy summers at their camp on the Crash Boat Basin.   

Charles was greatly influenced by his mother and great aunt, Genevieve Becker--women who exuded unconditional love, optimism and joy in life’s simple pleasures.  Those characteristics were hallmarks of his and Charlotte’s marriage and are reflected in their progeny.  Their home and the homes of their children resonate with warmth and laughter, even in times of difficulty or disagreement.  At the core of Charles’ innate strength of character was an abiding faith, shaped in large measure, by Charlotte’s example of steadfast trust in a loving God. Charles was a dedicated member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Galveston and a past president of the Serra Club.

Celebrating the life of Charles Falkenhagen are Charlotte Ann and their sons and families:  Randy and Kathy of Taos, NM; Brent and Sandi, with sons Brett and Chas of Birmingham, AL; Chuck and Barbara of Galveston, with their children, Brock, his wife, Tiffany, and Bill, all of Houston; Mark and Anne, Anne’s daughter, Ashley Balentine, of Mobile, AL, along with Mark’s children Sara Falkenhagen of Bridge City, TX, and David and Melissa Falkenhagen, Manahawkin, NJ.  Charles and Charlotte have four great-grandchildren. 

The family wishes to acknowledge the extraordinary care which Charles has lovingly received from Sandy Bridges, Joy Callier and La Toyia Beard. 

Visitation will be held at 9:30 AM Monday, July 9th, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30AM at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and private internment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 1804 69th Street, Galveston, TX 77551, or to a charity of one’s choice.
 



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