Francis Charles Neilson
Francis Charles Neilson, “Chuck” to friends, passed away peacefully in October at age 92.
Just out of his teens and after honorably serving in WWII with the 341st Squadron, civilian life led Chuck to Los Angeles where he met Elsie, his bride-to-be. A first date led to 64 years of love and devotion to one another. Road trips, camping, fishing, fixing things, and automobiles were Chuck’s thing. Lately he loved nothing more than a good game of pool with his son or any one of his grandkids. He was additionally known for his great dancing skills and threw down some impressive moves in his 80’s and 90’s at his granddaughter’s weddings.
Somewhat of a community activist who really worked to get out the vote, and always ready to lend a hand, he inspired El Monte’s youth as El Monte Beautification Committee Chair. He enjoyed his American Legion Post 261 and VFW Post 10218 comrades, as well as Moose Club friends and greatly valued many 50-year-friendships shared. His special “buddies” know who they are—he loved and appreciated you!
Preceded in passing by his parents, Harry and Mabel, and his brother Harry Jr., Chuck is survived by his wife, Elsie, as well as his son and daughter and their spouses: Bob (Bonnie) and Sandy (Keith). Also survived by nieces, Carol, Diane, Sharon and their families, who he always enjoyed, as well as his niece, Julie, whom he was pleased to finally know. His 7 grandchildren (Lindsay, Alyssa, Alex, Kirsten, Keena, Bridger and Cooper) and 6 great-grandchildren (Kaila, Peyton, Grey, Owen, Eva, and Reed) made him proud and he cherished each minute he had with them.
The family shared in a private celebration of Chuck’s life but has greatly appreciated all the friends who have reached out to visit and encourage each of us. Many heartfelt thanks go to neighbors and good friends whom the family cherishes for sharing good times and always watching out for the Neilson family. Without you all, life would not have been so rich for Chuck, or any of us.
Please take that moment on Veteran’s Day to whisper a goodbye to Chuck as you honor and thank all our beloved service men and women. He would have appreciated that.