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In Memory of

Charles Michael Kistler

June 14, 1947 - April 27, 2014

Obituary


Charles Michael Kistler, 66, died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at his home in Tucson, Arizona after a long illness.

He was born in Lincolnton, North Carolina, son of the late James and Kathryn (Pickens) Kistler. The family moved to Columbus where he graduated from West High School before joining the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 18. He served in the Vietnam War as a member of the 1st 8" Howitzer Battery of the 3rd Marine Division. He was honorably discharged in June 1969 after which he joined the Washington, D.C. Police Dept....

Charles Michael Kistler, 66, died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at his home in Tucson, Arizona after a long illness.

He was born in Lincolnton, North Carolina, son of the late James and Kathryn (Pickens) Kistler. The family moved to Columbus where he graduated from West High School before joining the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 18. He served in the Vietnam War as a member of the 1st 8" Howitzer Battery of the 3rd Marine Division. He was honorably discharged in June 1969 after which he joined the Washington, D.C. Police Dept. Charles and Sheryl relocated to Columbus, Ohio in 1970 where he joined the Columbus Police Dept. and worked until he retired in 1991 and fulfilled a life long dream of moving to Tucson, Arizona. In Tucson he enjoyed his retirement, which included golf, hiking, fishing, camping, and working on movies, such as Tombstone, Tin Cup, and Roswell.

Charles touched countless lives and was loved by many. He was known as Charles, Chuck, Michael, Mike, Devoted Husband, Loving Father, Playful Pop, Marine Sargent, Police Officer, Police Firearms Instructor, Actor, Golf Buddy, Storyteller, and Lifelong Friend.

Few men in this world were as kind, generous, and honorable as Charles "Pop" Kistler and he will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Sheryl L. Kistler, daughter Sundee (Eric) Zeller and granddaughter Sedona, brothers Gary (Ruth) Kistler and Robert (Diane) Kistler, brother-in-law Phil (Helene) Ledford, Stepmother Anna Kistler, Aunt Vivian, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be no funeral services, but instead an intimate family memorial will be held this week. We will remember Charles at a gathering on Memorial Day Weekend in Tucson, Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the USO or to the charity of your choice.



Arrangements under the direction of East Lawn Palms Mortuary, Tucson, AZ.