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Charles Robert Straw

October 9, 1949 ~ April 15, 2021 (age 71)

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Charles Robert Straw


          Chuck was born in Richmond, IN on October 9, 1949 to Armetha June White Straw and Loyal Robert Straw. He enlisted in the US Army in 1968 and served this Country honorably for 20 years. His assignments included Germany, Panama, South Korea and various assignments in the US. Chuck also served three tours in Vietnam on the CH47 Helicopter, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster.  After retirement Chuck settled in the San Diego, California area and further served our Country working as a contractor for the US Navy on the F-18 aircraft.

          Chuck had many passions, one of which was breeding, raising and showing Rare Breed dogs. These included the Japanese Tosa, Cain Corso Mastiff and Dobermans. He loved music and dancing. However, Chuck’s lifelong passion was riding Motorcycles, mainly Harley Davidsons and Indians. As a rule, if you saw Chuck, there was a motorcycle nearby. After leaving California, Chuck took to RVing, allowing him to visit and ride his bike in numerous places in the US, ultimately bringing him to Florida where he called home for the past 10 years. 

          Chuck is survived by his son, Sean Straw, Covington, OH and grandchildren; Shane Straw, Troy, OH, Sarah Straw, Covington, OH, Samantha Straw, Covington, OH and Carly Straw, Greenville, OH. He also has two sisters, Paula (Straw) and the late John Melling, Eaton, OH and Betsy (Straw) and Bob Czupryna, Uxbridge, MA. He was preceded in death by his mother, Armetha (Kitty) Straw Black and the man he looked up to, Bill Black, as well as his father, Loyal (Bob) Straw. In addition, he leaves behind his partner and caregiver, Ginny Hayworth who he loved dearly. Chuck had a larger-than-life personality and had a super sense of humor. He leaves dear friends from coast to coast. Chuck’s famous “YO!” will be missed by many. Please join us as we honor the memory of a true American Hero, Father, Grandfather and great friend.


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May 4, 2021

2:30 PM
Cape Canaveral National Cemetery
5525 U.S Highway 1
Mims, FL 32754

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