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WILKES, Charles Fred
WILKES, Charles Fred 85, died peacefully on June 17, 2012, in Lancaster, Calif. He previously resided in San Jose, Calif. He was born July 19,1926, in Ripley, Tenn., the son of Charles Ophir and Isabel Abbott Wilkes. He was a graduate of Memphis Central High School and Memphis State University. He served as an Air Force cryptographer during World War II. He began his career with Richmond, Calif. Public Schools where he helped develop the technology for computerized grading of student tests. Subsequently, he worked for 25 years at IBM specializing in computer mainframe networking. After retiring from IBM in 1990, he established his own company to custom-manufacture personal computers. The son of a music teacher, Charles was an accomplished musician, he played the piano and trumpet. He had an avid interest in genealogy, science fiction, and travelling. He was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic church in Santa Clara, Calif., where he enjoyed singing in the choir. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Isabel Wilkes Ellis of Nashville, Tenn. and his son-in-law Carl Henn of Rockville, Md. He is survived by his wife Alice Wilkes of Lancaster, his son Charles A. Wilkes and wife Charlotte of Norfolk, Va., daughter Tina Wilkes Gaafary and husband Jeff of Greenville, S.C., daughter Carol Wilkes Henn of Rockville, Md. and his two stepchildren December J. Aldaba of Lancaster and Jonathan Aldaba and wife Patricia of Singapore. He is also survived by five grandchildren Catherine Wilkes Jones (Brian), Christopher and Danielle Gaafary, Jessica and Allison Henn; his step-grandchildren Ethan and Ryan Aldaba, and the mother of his children Yukiye Yamai Wilkes. A funeral will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, 808 East Lancaster Boulevard Lancaster, Calif. Father Rechie Catubo will be officiating. Burial will follow in Joshua Memorial Park cemetery. Family will receive friends from 4 8 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2012, at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary.

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