Charles Morton Kyer

Charles Morton Kyer, formerly of Jacksonville, Ore., passed away Sept. 5, 2008, at the age of 89, in Beckley, W. Va. Charles was born on March 10, 1919, in Neola, W. Va. He was raised during the depression. In 1939, he joined the U.S. Army as a combat engineer. He fought in Europe during World War II. After the war, he served as a recruiter before becoming a personnel specialist and was promoted to warrant officer. He was again stationed in Germany, the U. S. and Japan. He was a master pistol marksman on several Army teams and competed at the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio. He retired as a chief warrant officer in 1959 and moved to Jacksonville, Oregon. In 1941, Charles married Virginia Maxine Hamerick, and they raised two children. They were married for 52 years until Virginia passed in 1993 in Medford, Ore. Charles went to Robinson School of Business in Medford and became an accountant. For many years he was the accountant and pay master at SOS Fruit Coop on Stewart Avenue in Medford. He was a avid sportsman and golfer. He is survived by sisters, Lois, of Houston, Texas, and Dale, of Louisville, Kentucky; daughter, Patricia Delaney of Nettie, W. Va.; and son, Charles William Kyer, of Gresham, Ore. He is also survived by four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.