Stratham - Charles H. Caswell Jr., 90, of Portsmouth Avenue, died February 13, 2013 in Keene.
Born June 4, 1922, in Rye, he was the son of Charles H. and Mary (Reardon) Caswell. He attended Rye schools and was a 1940 graduate of Portsmouth High School.
He started working at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1941 and then joined the US Army in 1943. He served in the European Theater of operation with the Second Infantry Division as a rifleman in France & Germany. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Battle Stars for Rhineland & Central Europe, Victory Metal, European Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, Army Occupation Metal of Germany, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was Honorably Discharge in 1946 holding the rank of Staff Sgt.
After the war he went back to the Shipyard where he was General Foreman in the Shipboard Test Branch. He worked there for 36 years, retiring in 1977. Following retirement he enjoyed working as a toll attendant, for several years, for the State of New Hampshire.
Charles enjoyed gardening, making furniture and clocks and playing golf. He would work in the morning so he could fish in the afternoon. He especially loved dancing at the Rockingham Ballroom for many years with his dancing partner and companion Jane Bucklin who died in 2004. They enjoyed traveling, long walks on local beaches and in parks, but most of all dancing.
He was predeceased by his wife Patricia (Brinkerhoff) who died in 1991, and his brothers Frank J. and Lloyd N.
Survivors include five children, Katharine Abbott and husband Stephen of Nokomis, FL, Steven Caswell and wife Diane of Keene, Wendy Caswell of Nelson, NH, Alan Caswell of Nokomis, Fl, and Gregory Caswell of Nelson, NH; 2 grand daughters, Rebecca Benjamin of Port Townsend, WA, and Elizabeth Wright of Keene; 2 great grand daughters, Audrey and Alayna Wright; a sister, Barbara Gore of Manchester; and 6 nieces.
Visiting hours were held on Sunday, Feb. 17th from 2-4 p.m. at the Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter Street, Newmarket.
Graveside services with military honors will be held on Saturday, May 4th at 11 a.m. in Maple Lane Cemetery, Stratham.
Rather than flowers memorials may be made to NHSPCA, P.O. Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885.
Please visit www.kentandpelczarfh.com to sign an online guestbook.