September 9, 1930 — January 4, 2016
Charles Francis Moore passed away January 4, one month shy of his 65th wedding anniversary. He was born September 9, 1930, in Long Beach California, to James William Moore and Eva Alberta (Lane) Moore. He moved to Bakersfield in 1935 because his father found employment with Shell Oil Co. Charles started school at Franklin School. His father moved the family to an old ranch house on Krebs Road, owned by his in-laws, so they could raise crops and animals. Charles finished the rest of elementary and Junior High School at Beardsley School where they called him Frank (as did his family). When he started at Kern County High School (now Bakersfield High School) they called him Charles or Charlie. Besides going to school he worked hard on the family property. He worked at other jobs including at a dairy and the Coca Cola Bottling Company. Charlie spent a lot of time at the home of Dave Higgins (Hig or Higgy), friend and Best Man at his wedding.
Charlie was on the Driller football team where he and Dick Cantrell were quarterback- messenger boys. They would get tired running back and forth with messages from the coach, Homer Beatty. Frank Gifford was the halfback on the team. Charlie also pitched for the Driller Baseball Team.
He started at Bakersfield College where he played football, and worked. He finally gave up everything but work. Later after he was married, with children, he went back and finished his AA degree. He worked for Lawrence Leong’s Union Station. This was when there was always full service and some repair work done at service stations.
Charles met his future wife, Gladys Ann Stockton, at Kern County High School. They both graduated in the Class of 1948. They dated 3.5 years until they married Feb. 3, 1951. Gladys was a junior at UCLA and Charlie moved to Los Angeles with his bride. He supported them while she finished the last 1.5 years at UCLA. He worked for Union Oil Company of California as an Assistant manager in the stations.
After Gladys’ graduation, they decided to move home. Charlie had been attending Naval Reserve meetings at the Hawthorne Reserve. An error occurred and his reserve status was not reported so he was almost drafted into the Army during the Korean conflict. He instead quickly volunteered for Service in the Navy. Gladys stayed with her parents and taught at Beardsley School. Charlie attended Boot Camp and Radio School in San Diego. In 1953, two weeks before the birth of their first child, Sheryl, he was sent to the Amphibious Base in Littlecreek, Virginia. There was no base housing available so Gladys and Sheryl remained with her parents in Bakersfield. Charlie was a Radioman on the Flag Ship of Amphibious Group 4, the USS Taconic (AGC-17). He was able to see Bermuda, parts of Italy and Greece.
When Charlie was discharged from the Navy he went to work as assistant manager and manager of gas stations. He purchased a pleasant home in the Whitemore Tract. Three more children were born, Leah in 1955, Frank in 1957 and Linda in 1959. In 1958, Charlie became a California Highway Patrolman. In 1962, they moved to a bigger house in northeast Bakersfield. Gladys returned to teaching and Charlie did shift work in order to help with the children.
In 1965, Charlie decided to take a civilian job with the Highway Patrol as a Motor Carrier Specialist. There was no shift work, and weekends were off. He did have to go out of town one week out of every month to various places in California including Bishop or the Coast. He often went with his co-worker and friend, Jack Besst.
Charlie and Gladys liked to travel. When the children were still home they traveled to Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, visiting many National Parks. Later they visited locations their children had moved to including Tucson, Spokane and Oregon, taking different routes to get there.
The Moores enjoyed square dancing with their friends. Charles also enjoyed fishing and hunting. He especially enjoyed deer hunting at Tejon Ranch with his friends. For many years they kept a boat and an old trailer at Sunnyslope Campground on Pine Flat Lake and had fun with the Phelans, Vaughans and Higgins. They also had a trailer at Morro Dunes Campground at Morro Bay. They spent a lot of time playing dominoes with Bill and Dolores Galloway and Warren and Reva Ramey. After 2001, because of health issues, they quit traveling.
Charlie was pretty tough, and lived to be 85 in spite of many health issues. He also had very good doctors. We would like to thank the staff at Health South who rehabilitated him multiple times so he could come home, Nick for the home draws over the years and Dr. Nelson, podiatrist. We wish to thank his caregivers: Cynthia, Debbie, Margie and Opal and our housekeeper, Donna. We would especially like to thank Don Sharer who drove Charlie to the doctors and dialysis center.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James G. Moore. He is survived by his wife, children Sheryl (Sam) Sikola, Leah (Howard) Brilman, Frank (Rose) Moore and Linda (Gary) McRae, his grandchildren, Brett (Alison) Sikola, Karen Sikola, Larissa and Ian Brilman, Aaron and Hannah Moore and Kris McRae, step grandchildren, Josh (Shayla) McRae, Stephanie (Kenny) Hogle, Chris (Nicole) Niceley and Thomas (Dawn) Heinrichs, great grandchildren, Zoe and Zin Sikola, step great grandchildren Adrianna and Brooklyn Heinrichs, Peyton and C.J. Niceley, Tommy and Owen McRae, Jacob (Danielle) Hogle and Rebecca (Tyler) Turner. He is also survived by his niece Brenda Moore, great nieces Veronica and Jenny Moore and great-great nephew Jonathan.
There will be no services at this time. Plans are being made to have Charles’ ashes interred at Engle-Stockton cemetery the third weekend in April, the weekend of the Stockton Family Picnic. Donations can be made to Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp, 10725 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 50, Portland, OR 97219; Special Olympics Oregon, 5901 SW Macadam Ave. Suite 200, Portland, OR 97239; Kern Audubon Society, P.O. Box 3581, Bakersfield, CA 93383 or to your favorite charity