Charles Joseph Vesely, 59, a resident of Albuquerque since 1985, died Wednesday, December 30, 1998, after a three-year battle with cancer. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he grew up in California and Alabama and graduated from high school at Wertsmith High School on the Philippine Islands. Chuck, as he was known by his friends and associates, received B.A., B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, and he got his commission in the United States Air Force there, also. Later, he received his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio. His twenty-four year career in the Air Force included assignments at McClellan Air Force Base in California, Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, and the Space and Missiles Systems Organization in California. His last tour of duty was with the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Col. Velsely retired from the Air Force in 1986 and moved to Albuquerque to open an office for Grumman Corporation. In 1990, he served as president of the Professional Aerospace Contractors Association while he was also president of the Air Force Association Chapter 258. Chuck loved the New Mexico landscape and enjoyed trout fishing, golf and skiing. He was loved very deeply by his wife, Martha Kaye, and all of his family. His older son, Charles E. Vesely, II, his wife, Debra, and their two children, Christopher and Monique, live in Tucson, Arizona. Son, Stephen P. Vesely and daughter, Lara J. Vesely live in Albuquerque. His father, Charles E. Vesely, resides in Universal City, Texas. His brother, Joseph Vesely and his wife, Catherine, live in Waco, Texas, and his younger brother, Donald Vesely, lives in Denver, Colorado. A memorial service at Santa Fe National Cemetery will be held Tuesday, January 5, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. with Military honors. Sunrise Society (891-8200) is serving the family of Col. Vesely.
Published on: Sun January 03, 1999