Obituary: Charles Henry Kershaw


Charles Henry Kershaw

October 29, 1921 – March 15, 2017

Charles Henry Kershaw Jr. peaceably passed away March 15 at the age of 95. Charles was born in Alhambra, CA, October 29, 1921. He lived for a time in Eagle, Alaska prior to moving to the Imperial Valley with his family. Before and after world War II, Charles studied piano became a virtuoso pianist and performed at Balboa Bowl in San Diego among other concert halls.

Charles proudly served his country as an Air Observation Pilot in the Rhineland and Central Europe as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps. Before the war, Charles married Margaret and later they settled in the Imperial Valley. He and his family subsequently owned and operated a cattle and farming business for over 50 years.

Charles was one of the founders of the Brawley Stockmen’s Club and was president in 1969. He was on the Board of Directors for the National Cattle Feeders Association from 1979 to 1983, when he met with President Reagan in Washington D.C. He was also the president of the California Cattle Feeders Association for three years. In addition, he served as president of the Rotary Club, was on the Brawley School Board, was also on the Imperial County Board of Retirement in 1990 and a long-time member of the Methodist Church.

As a rancher and cattleman, he was one of the pioneers that helped promote the cattle and agricultural industry in the Imperial Valley.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Margaret; their two daughters Jeanne Wiest, and Joanne (John) Finnick, their grandchildren, Hans (Nicole) Wiest, Danielle Finnick and Erica Myers; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard, and sister-in-law, Lois.

Charles will forever be remembered for his quality of character, integrity, humor, and kindness to others. He will be greatly missed.

A private family service will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Nevada near his family in Reno and Lake Tahoe. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to your favorite charity.