Ssgt. Roberto M. Charles USAF (retired), 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 1, 2017 surrounded by loving family at the caring home of Janie Charles, former wife and caregiver in San Antonio, Texas.
Roberto was born on November 18, 1931, in Corpus Christi, Texas to Nicolas and Isabel Mascorro Charles. He was the seventh of twelve children: Josephine “Chepa” Martinez, Genoveva “Veva” Sauceda, Nicholas “Nick”, Felix “Chano”, Clara Terrazas, Juana Pompa, Roberto, Ernestina “Tina” Oudie, Isabel “Chavela” Moore, Ruben, Raul, and Samuel. He had five brothers and six sisters. His survived siblings are Nick Charles, Tina Oudie, Chavela Moore, Ruben Charles and Raul Charles.
Roberto is survived by his distant wife Paula Charles, and his four children, his son Robert T. Charles and wife Patricia, with two sons Nicholas and a daughter on the way Lanabelle and Robert’s son Cody. Robert’s daughter Allison and husband Robert Samarripa, with their two children Karynn Marie and Christian Alexander. Robert’s son Roberto Aaron “Bobby”, and his five daughters Sierra Paige, Eriana Lynn, Julliana Michelle, Isla Aiyana and Mia Coralee. Robert’s son Brian, and his three children, Brianna Elizabeth, Nikko Eugene and Paris Caleb. Roberto’s daughter Jeanette Thomas and her three sons, Aaron Charles Thomas and wife Brandy, with their three children, Kimberly Brooklyn, Aaron Stone Foxx and Electra Steele. Jeanette’s son Harold Robert Thomas, III and Paul Edward Thomas and his wife Ceclia with their two children Elena and Vincent. Roberto’s daughter Faye and husband Frank Hillis, with their two daughters Samantha Jolene with her daughter Savannah Rose, and Faye’s daughter Megan Kathlene. Roberto’s daughter Cynthia Guerrero and her two children, daughter Vanessa Renee and her husband Luke Johnson and their two children Kennedy Cynthia and Gunnar Roy, and Cynthia’s son Justin Curtis with his daughter Natalya Justine. For a grand total of 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Roberto retired from the Air Force with 20 years of dedicated service and during his service career he visited Japan and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska for 5 years and had experienced “The Great Alaska Earthquake” of 9.2 magnitudes on March 27, 1964, on a “Good Friday”.
He worked as a dentist assistant in the service, after the service, he did plumbing, carpentry and sheet metal work before finally retiring. After retirement he entertained himself by getting his lotto tickets, pick 3 and scratch off game. He enjoyed sports and played numbers for football and basketball games and he was lucky most of the time. He also loved the casinos and would go any chance he could get. With the energy he had he enjoyed helping Raymond and Carol set up at the events they had booked and later assisted managing Laguna Del Ray Pool where family would get together.
Roberto enjoyed the outdoors, bowling, billiards, playing cards, and action movies and his favorite TV series was Charmed. Robert loved dancing and he was a VERY animated dancer. He was a real meat and potatoes guy. But most of all Robert loved and prayed for his family every night.
For all those who knew Roberto, he never held anything back and was always straight forward and at the same time very enjoyable to be around. We will miss his outspoken personality and charisma. Most of all he believed in God, and he left us peacefully with his family surrounding him. It was a fight he couldn’t win, but he fought it with extreme courage. Forever in our hearts and till we meet again. We love you! Our joy will be memories of him forever in our hearts. Peace Be With You All...
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