- April 17, 1929 - March 18, 2015
- Georgetown, Texas
of Charles' Passing
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“Chuck was one of my husbands best friend for many years. We shared many dinners, vacations, New Years and other occasions with Chuck and Tina. He was...Read More »
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“Uncle Chuck was my fav Uncle. I would look through my grandparent's window waiting and watching for Uncle Chuck and Aunt Tina to arrive.
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God gave you this wonderful man to share your life with, such a privilege!
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Ramsey Funeral Home & Crematorium
Charles Walker Latta, age 85, of Georgetown, Texas passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Round Rock, Texas. Chuck was born on April 17, 1929 to his parents, Charles Walker Latta and Katie Fern (Griffin) Latta in Red Oak, North Carolina. Chuck married Christine Marie Bittman on March 16, 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Charles "Chuck" Latta met war at the age of 16. His mother was a nurse for the Navy and, following her lead, young Chuck was determined to "do his part," as well. In 1945, he finished flight school in the Army Air Force. His first assignment was to fly the Berlin airlift. During the Korean War he flew the F-86 combat jet. Shot down over Korea, Chuck was a POW for 19 months. After release, he was assigned to the Air Force Test and Acceptance Branch. One of his planes was the B58 "Hustler," revered as the first aircraft to break the sound barrier. Later, during the Cold War, Chuck served in the Strategic Air Command (SAC), flying a B58 now equipped with nuclear weapons. Chuck's medals include the Air Medal and Purple Heart. He retired from the Air Force in 1965.
A Career in Computers:
Chuck's military training led to a 25-year career in computer sales. He distinguished himself at Control Data Corporation for 10 years, bringing optical character recognition (OCR) to large businesses in the United States and to major international markets. After those successes, he became National Regional Sales Manager for Toshiba America, where he brought the first Toshiba laptop computers to U.S. businesses and consumers.
While still in the Air Force, Chuck attended Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He was ordained at the First Baptist Church of White Settlement, Texas in December, 1962. Over the next several years he served congregations at Plainview Baptist Church in Texas and Zoar Baptist Church near Manassas, Virginia.
While on active duty in the U.S. Air Force in 1959, Chuck joined the Masons. He became a Master of Kunitachi Lodge No. 4, Tokyo Japan. In 1991, he transferred to Minneapolis Lodge No. 19 where he was Lodge Education Officer. He continued to participate in Masonic organizations wherever he lived.
After retiring to the lake country of Minnesota, Chuck joined the Onamia Lions Club. He was impressed with the great contribution it made to the small community. Chuck worked tirelessly to increase fundraising efforts. By the time he was President, the club had enough money to build a Community Center.
The move to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas in 2003 was quite a change – goodbye to Minnesota winters and hello to Texas hospitality. These years were marked by good times, fellowship and laughter with friends from throughout the U.S. Always kindhearted, Chuck doted on his championship Corgi "puppies" and was devoted to his family.
Those who knew Chuck will not forget him – he made a difference.
Chuck leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife Christine "Tina" Latta of Georgetown, Texas; daughter, Sheila Daniel and husband Marvin of Kittrel, North Carolina; son, Charles Latta of Henderson, North Carolina; son, Paul Latta and wife Melody of Brandenburg, Kentucky; daughter, Helen Hadlock of Lexington, Kentucky; grandsons: Robert Greene and wife Dorothy of North Carolina, and David Schinas and wife Melissa of Minnesota; granddaughters: Andrea Mullins of North Carolina, Jennifer Daurity and husband Joseph of Alaska, Christine Latta of Kentucky, and Melissa Hadlock of Texas; as well as nine great grandchildren.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; son, James Walker Latta; and sisters: Ruby Lane Latta Freeman and Helen Latta Lamb.
Memorial Donations may be made to Honor Flight Austin, 815-A Brazos Street, UPS Box 498, Austin, Texas 78701-2514 or the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Inc. PO Box 900061, Raleigh, NC 27675-9061 or online at akcchf.org.
Private services are planned in Kentucky and North Carolina later this year.
You may share a message or memory in the online memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.
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