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CONNALLY, Charles Price
CONNALLY , Charles Price Age 88, died on February 24, 2015 in Lancaster, California, after a long illness dealing with Alzheimer's disease and other complications. He was a devout Catholic, a loving and devoted husband and father, and a brilliant photographer. Mr. Connally is survived by his wife, Rudelle, and six children: Mike Connally, Patrick Connally, Katy Walton, Mary Mondok, Susan Choate, and Tim Connally. He was predeceased by his daughter Terri Connally. He leaves 17 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. Charles was born in Glen Rose, Texas, on April 29, 1926. His mother died shortly after his birth. At this point his grandparents took him into raise. His father and stepmother were able to take him at 12 years of age to help with him growing up through his teenage years. He first met his wife-to-be 71 years ago, the year before joining the Navy in 1944. He was married to his lifelong sweetheart in 1945. From an early age, he loved photography, and he gained extensive training and experience as a photographer with the Navy. He continued to pursue his passion for photography working in the aircraft industry. He served during World War II, but had not yet seen combat action when that conflict ended. He was a natural swimmer and served as a Naval Frogman with the famous UDT-11, training for the invasion of Japan, which mercifully was averted by their surrender. The Navy also trained him in aerial photography, which was to lay the foundation for the rest of his career. Leaving the Navy after the war, Charles took this new passion and went back to Fort Worth, Texas, working as a photographer in the aircraft industry. Much of that work, and certainly his favorite activity, was flying chase missions in high-performance aircraft, covering flight test programs such as the B-36, B-58, and F-111. His final 25 years before retirement were at Edwards AFB. He has had a wonderful life with the blessings of a loving wife and supportive children. We salute his victories in this short life and look forward to being with him again in the Kingdom of God. A Funeral Mass will be held at 1 pm, February 27, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lancaster. He will be buried in Glen Rose, Texas, where he was born and raised, and where he lived in his ancestral home for most of his golden years.

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