P. Charles "Charlie" Schaller, Jr. of Sherman Road, Zena died Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Kingston Hospital. He was 82.
He was born in Jersey City, NJ, a son of the late Phillip Charles and Alice Hewitt Schaller, Sr. A graduate of Dickerson High School in Jersey City, NJ, Charlie then attended Steward Tech for Aircraft Mechanic and Flight Engineering. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1951 as a flight school instructor in Corpus Christi, TX until 1955. Charlie maintained his pilot's license.
On December 24, 1949 he married Florence J. Steiger. Florence died October 13, 1982.
Charlie was appointed Ulster County Special Deputy Sheriff in 1956 and served as Deputy Sheriff from 1957 - 1986. In 1972 he was appointed to the Ulster County Traffic Safety Board and served as Chairman. In 1977 he started the U.C. D.W.I. Program and served as Coordinator and current Advisory Board member.
After moving to this area, from 1956 till 1986 Charlie owned and operated Schaller's Automotive, Kingston. He married Jean Barden on May 1, 1983.
A member of the Kingston Lions Club, Charlie served as President in 1976 and Chairmen of the Eastern NYS Eye Bank for 1967 - 1985.
Beloved husband of Jean Barden Schaller and the late Florence Steiger Schaller; loving father of Laurie Ward and her husband Joseph of Holland, NY, David Schaller and his wife Sandra of Cottekill, NY; grandfather of Dana E. Allen and his wife Celine, Rachael M. Allen, Jayson M. Schaller and his wife Kara, and David C. Schaller, Jr.; great grandfather of Zoe Allen and Jayson M. Schaller, Jr., and brother-in-law of Robert Barden. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
Reposing at the Simpson - Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave. on Tuesday from 1:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 9:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be conducted at the funeral home Wednesday at 10 AM. Interment will follow in Wiltwyck Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kingston Lions Club Foundation, Inc., UPO 3433, Kingston, NY 12402