Charles David McLaughlin, age 82, of Youngsville, North Carolina, died in the North Carolina State Veterans Home on April 30th. He was born in Oakland, California on December 31, 1932. Charles joined the United States Air Force in 1952, serving in the Korean Conflict. In 1960, Charles married Ruby Galpin at Harmon Air Base, in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada. Charles served honorably in the United States Air Force for 26+ years, retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant. After retirement from military service, he served his country for an additional 20 years in federal service and completed an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts.
Charles is survived by his wife Ruby and his five children – Thomas, David, Lisa, Christopher and Charlene and their spouses Teresa, Anne Marie, Pam and Wayne. He is also survived by his three grandchildren – Hailey, Benjamin and Jacob. Additional surviving family members include his older brother Clarence Lee McLaughlin and sister Georgia Rellick, both living in California.
A private funeral service will be held at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. In fitting tribute to his years of service towards this nation, his remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made in his honor to the American Legion.
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A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587.(919-556-5811)