May 312013

Charles William “Chuck” Zahnley, 88, our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, lost his fight with mesothelioma on Friday, May 24, 2013. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 30 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Winslow, with Father Jeffrey King officiating. Interment followed at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
Chuck was born in Winslow on Oct. 5, 1924. He graduated from Winslow High School in 1943.
He joined the Army Air Corps during World War II and served in the South Pacific. He flew a P47 Thunderbolt fighter plane nicknamed Honey Child. He served in the 356th fighter group in the 16th Fighter Squadron. He also continued his education by graduating from Texas Tech while serving.
Upon his return from the Army Air Corps, he met the love of his life, Edna Viola Mahan. They were wed on Dec. 11, 1947. They were blessed with five children, William Wayne, Louella Kristine, Charles Stephan, Stephanie Gail and Leah Lynne. They were also blessed with 16 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Chuck retired from the Santa Fe Railroad after 41 years of faithful service as a supervisor.
Charles and Edna shared a lifetime of memories, including living in Alaska before relocating to Arizona. They enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and archery. Charles was an amazing man who never met a stranger. He relished telling us tales of his adventures and never missed a chance to visit air museums. Chuck often took his grandchildren to air shows and taught them all to play a mean game of poker.
Chuck was an incredibly loving man and had a wonderful sense of humor, matched by none other.
There are no words to express the sense of loss we are left with. We comfort ourselves knowing he is with our Lord and reunited with his beautiful wife Edna. He is loved beyond measure and will undoubtedly be blessed abundantly for his kindness and generosity during his 88 years on this earth. His legacy lives on through his family.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.