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Charles was born to Sebastion and Mary (La Bue) Puma on October 14, 1929, in Oakfield, New York. He passed away on January 1, 2021 in Sun City West, AZ. He was 91 years old.
Following his graduation from Oakfield High School Charles was drafted into the Army. There he was trained as an Ammunition Specialist and was shipped to Korea to serve the remainder of his time in the Army.
Following his discharge from the Army, Charles applied and was accepted at Michigan State University. In the fall of 1955 Michigan State qualified to play in the Rose Bowl game, so he and three of his friends drove out to LA for the game. On New Year’s Eve they were celebrating in the hotel when they met some lovely young ladies from MSU. One of those was Joyce Harvey, who later became his wife.
Charles and Joyce were married on March 28, 1957, and he continued with his schooling, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Both Charles and Joyce loved California, so following graduation they moved to Santa Monica, CA, where Charles was employed as an engineer by Douglas Aircraft. He later worked at other aerospace industries and retired from TRW in 1994.
Following retirement they left California and moved to Sun City West, AZ, where Charles was active in many clubs. In later years, he limited his activities to golf, bowling and the Computer Club, where he was part of the Help Group, solving computer problems for those of us who were less knowledgeable about computers.
Charles is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joyce; son, Charles Jr. of Orange CA; daughter, Sharon of Surprise, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucy of Oakfield, NY and brothers, Antonio of Oakfield, John of San Juan Capistrano, CA and Joseph of Sun City, AZ.
There will be no services at this time because of the limitations imposed by Coved 19. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society.