Charles Bunker Hill
Today, the world lost a great man and a World War II veteran.
Charlie was born in Sparks, Nev. in 1918. He loved to tinker and build his first car, a Model T from parts he brought home from the dump in his wagon.
At age 17, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he became a chief machinist. While on leave in Portland, Ore., he met the love of his life, Mary Hempe.
After serving his country aboard many “tin cans” and being sunk on one, he came back and married his love, Mary. They lived at Manzanar Internment Camp while he built their home in Independence and worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. After 30 years, he retired as equipment repair foreman. Charlie and Mary then traveled to Mexico and around the United States, settling in Kern County. They were married for more than 50 years until her passing in 1995.
Charlie was met in Heaven by many family members and friends who left before him.
He is survived by his niece, Gail Salley and husband Ron; son, Ron Hill and wife Donna; daughter, Charleen Myers; his baby daughter, Benicia Chriswell and husband Gary; his grandson, Brad Hill and wife Elizabeth Hill; grandson, Michael Powers and wife Tracy Powers; his grandson, Kevin Hill; his granddaughter, Tracy Hill; granddaughter, Denise Ellis; and his great-grandkids, Samantha, Cody, Travis, Savannah, Natasha, Jason and Whitney. He even had a few great-great-grandkids.
He will be greatly missed by all those he shared his life with.
The family would like to thank Hoffman Hospice for all their support and help. A special hug goes out to employee, Lupe, who always made Charlie smile.