was born in Kansas City on December 23, 1927. After he was graduated from
High School in 1946, he moved to California. There he enlisted in the Navy
and served in Japan for two years during the occupation. He got his degree
from Pasadena City College in 1951. He got married the same year, and had
one son. He worked as a journeyman machinist for the Bertea Company for
23 years. He then went on to work for several other firms, becoming the
director of manufacturing for the Loud Company. His first wife passed away
in 1985 and Charlie remarried Elaine Niemann in 1987.
first became interested in lapidary in 1954. He made his own equipment and
worked at his hobby off and on until he retired in 1992. He then entered
into the Saddleback College Emeritus class for Jewelry, which was held in
Leisure World. In 1993, he entered the lapidary class and started to make
intarsia jewelry under the tutelage of Connie Grundke.