Charles Coldwater was born to Howard and Grace (Dill) Coldwater on August 8, 1931. He was born in the house southeast of Forgan which he still owns. He had an older sister, Erleane, and an older brother, Earl. He attended Forgan Schools and graduated in 1950. In 1949, he eloped with Dorothy Jean Beard on September 16th to Perryton, Texas. Charles worked at the local Coop in Alva till they moved back to Greenough community in 1952. While living in Alva he obtained his pilot’s license. He did a solo flight and never flew again. For two years he worked at Beech Aircraft in Liberal, Kansas, then five years doing construction. In 1960 he started working in the oil patch. He did that for ten years and in 1970 he started farming full time.
In 1953, Charles and Dorothy Jean moved to the current house given to them by Dorothy Jean’s parents. This house was built on land homesteaded by Ota Desper, Dorothy Jean’s grandad. At that time the road was not paved. It was paved in 1970 and is now called Road 10. Charles lived in this house until he passed on November 21, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
They have four children, Eugene, Michael, Shirley Jo and Dale. They all attended Forgan Schools.
He is survived by his wife of seventy years, Dorothy Jean, his four children, nine grandchildren, many great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.