Charles A. KiorpesMarch 28,2013Charles A. Kiorpes
PALM CITY, Fla. — Charles A. Kiorpes, 89, died Friday, March 22, 2013, in Stuart, FL. He had lived at Harbour Ridge near Palm City, FL, since 1989.
He was born and grew up in Yonkers, N.Y., where he graduated from Saunders Trade School. Charles continued his education at Columbia University, earning a B.S. Degree in Engineering.
He spent many years, at numerous locations, with the Ford Motor Company in technical and managerial assignments, followed by top executive positions at White Motor and Clark Equipment corporations.
During World War II, he served three years with the Army Air Forces, finishing his tour as a 1st Lt B-29 Navigator after 21 combat missions over Japan with the 3rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron based on Guam.
Prior to going overseas, and while in training at UVM in Burlington, he met Ferne Wilkins of Rutland, who was in training for her RN at Mary Fletcher Hospital. Following her graduation, Ferne joined the Army Nurse Corps. Ferne and Charles were married in 1945 on the island of Biak, Dutch New Guinea, when they were both on duty in the South Pacific.
He was a life-long golfer, having learned the game as a caddie in Westchester County, N.Y., and played with a number of pros over the years, including Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. He will be missed by his many friends on and off the golf course.
Charles is survived by his wife Ferne; their sons Anthony and Timothy; their daughter Lynne; his sister Elizabeth; his brothers Steven and George; Ferne’s sister Olive (Peg) Johnson; and six grandchildren.
His remains will be buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Rutland.
Donations in his memory can be made to the American Red Cross.
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