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Charles William Coldwater

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.

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Sending prayers to all that he touched in life. What an interesting story of his life. Miss Shirley, you are one of my dearest friends. Just by watching you over the years I can see the values that your parents taught you. They both had to be incredible parents to raise such an amazing daughter. I loved hearing your stories of growing up in the country life. Im also praying for comfort & peace for you & boys Sending love & Hugs from Grand Junction

Susan Andrews Nov 27 2019 12:00 AM

Prayers for comfort for the family and friends. Scott and Laura Rife and family

Scott and Laura rife Nov 27 2019 12:00 AM

I am praying for your family Dorothy Jean. I remember him some but I remember you more. So sorry for your loss.

Denise Sell (Rutledge) Nov 27 2019 12:00 AM

Dorothy Jean,  I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. I lost J.D., the love of my life, to brain cancer, in 2010. Miss him so much. I pray God will comfort you as only He can, in the days ahead. It has been many years since we spent time together. May we all rejoice together in that wonderful Heavenly home, some day in the future.

Beverly Barnett Nov 27 2019 12:00 AM

What a longevity and legacy he left for his family to follow.  You were such a special couple, I remember seeing you often when Brenda and I would go to the cafe to eat.  You both always were so happy, friendly to all and personable.  My heart breaks for you as I know you have a large void in your future.  After 17 1/2 years of widowhood, my advice is cling tightly to our Lord's unfailing and unchanging hand, He won't fail you or lead you wrong.  Grieve-as-you must, not-as-others will tell you is right, wrong or indifferent.  Go forward in the pathway He leads as there are no pathways, each has their individual one.  I wish I could be there to give you a big hug but please feel one coming across from Stillwater, Oklahoma.  God bless and keep each of your family safe.

Jackie R. Sheldon Nov 26 2019 12:00 AM

I knew Charles as a fellow blood donor.  When he got old, the Red Cross deferred him from donating, thinking no doubt that he needed the blood more than the Red Cross did.  He kept trying, but they sent him away several times until he gave up.  And he had a garden some  distance  east of his house near a well.  Some other folks "helped" him harvest (as  in 'stole')  the produce, he said.  With his bib overalls, I thought that he had been a farmer all his life.  Wrong!  What a varied career!  A good example of that Hank Williams, Jr. song "A Country Boy Can Survive." He and Dorothy Jean were devoted to each other; another good example.

Charles Enlow Nov 26 2019 12:00 AM

I'm very saddened to hear of this, he was a great man and friend. Our prayers are with the family in this time of loss. May God give a peace that surpasses all understanding,  we love each and every one of you.

Gary Overton Nov 26 2019 12:00 AM