Charles Joseph Wiesenfarth

Charles Joseph Wiesenfarth, 77, of Eagle Point, died at his home on Jan. 31, 2010.

He was born May 16, 1932, to Charles Adam and Elizagbeth Koechler Wiesenfarth in the East New York section of Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended St. Michael’s Elementary and St. Augustine Diocesan High School.

He enlisted in the US Air Force in January 1951 and was honorable discharged four years later. He decided to pursue an aeronautical engineering career and enrolled in and graduated from the Academy of Aeronautics (now the College of Aeronautics) in Flushing, N.Y. Upon graduation, he became a mass properties engineer, aerodynamist and structural test engineer at Kaman Aircraft in Bloomfield, Conn. Subsequent employment was in rotor design and management for Hughes Tool Co, Aircraft Division, Culver City Calif.; Boeing Helicopters, Ridley Park, Pa.; L.O.M. Corporation, Taverse City, Mich.; Rogerson Hill Corp., Port Angeles, Wash. and Boeing Helicopters, Mesa Ariz. His last position was director of engineering, Erickson Air Crane, Central Point. All his employment was directed to the superior design and performance of helicopters.

Mr. Wiesenfarth was an avid sportsman as a marksman to a fly-rod fisherman.

Beginning in his teenage years, he fashioned himself into a cabinet-maker of remark. During his 10-year retirement, he equipped a first-class workshop in his home. He spent many hours turning out beautiful furniture, including a custom-designed sewing cabinet for his wife. It was not unusual for friends to receive a package in the mail that contained a piece of his woodcraft, sent because he thought they would enjoy it. One lucky friend received an armoire as a thank you for hosting him and his wife on a vacation.

He followed politics and did not hesitate to express his opinions publicly, frequently in letters to the editor. His wit and love of a precise word and ability to make long-lasting friends as he moved state to state means  many mourn his passing.

Mr. Wiesenfarth is survived by his wife of 28 years, Fayrene; sons, Joseph, Dr. John (Kathy) and Charles Scott (Patricia); daughters, Mary (Martin) Simone and Julie; by 10 grandchildren and by his brother, Joseph (Louise) Wiesenfarth.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society or Hospice. Arrangements by Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary.

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