ONEONTA — Charles Shader, 89, died unexpectedly at his home on February 27, 2013.
Born in Little Falls, he was the son of Charles Shader Sr. and Alice (Freeman) Shader.
Chuck graduated from the Cooperstown High School. While in Cooperstown, he and a team of friends played a game of “town ball” before the very first official game at Doubleday Field.
On May 21, 1944, he married his wife of 69 years, Marion Sweet Shader.
He is also survived by his son, Michael Shader and wife Debbie; daughter, Jo Bordinger and husband Morry. Chuck has five grandchildren, Patrick Okelly and wife Jamie, Michael Bordinger-Lutz and husband Michael, Charles Bordinger, Samantha Ballard and husband Jason and Maureen Shader; 10 great-grandchildren, Anthony, Clinton, Cali, Anna, Skylah, Meghan, Garrett, Maxton John, Lilian and Clark; and one great-great-grandchild, Oskar.
Chuck enjoyed a very full life with his family and friends. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a flight engineer. Following his service in the military he attended Spartan School of Aviation in Tulsa, Okla., which brought him to the Catskill Airport where he instructed, maintained equipment and flew charter flights.
In 1950, Chuck started his career of 33 years at Scintilla-now Amphenol in Sidney as a field rep. During this position he was proud to be called to work on the “Independence” The Flying Whitehouse. During his tenure at Amphenol he worked up to the position of Manager of Engine Products.
He served as President of the Aviation Distributors Manufacturers Association. He was awarded the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award from the Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration.
He was also a trustee and on the building committee for the First United Methodist Church.
After retirement, he continued in the aviation field as an expert witness and consultant.
Chuck and his wife enjoyed traveling, especially to Myrtle Beach. They’ve been known to clear the dance floor several times, doing the “light fantastic.”