Charles Howard Greenhalgh, Sr.
NEWPORT NEWS - HMC (DV) Ret. Charles "Chuck" H. Greenhalgh Sr., 80, passed away Monday, March 8, 2010.

Chuck was born April 6, 1926, in White Plains, N.Y., and was the son of Howard and Mabel Greenhalgh. Chuck had a love for the sea and joined the Sea Cadets as a youth and later joined the United States Navy where he proudly served for 22 years. During his tour of duty, Chuck became a Diving Medical Technician and Diving Instructor at the Naval Deep Sea Diving School in Washington, D.C.

Toward the end of his service his diving experience allowed him to be detailed to NASA in Houston. In Houston he was responsible for the installation and operation of decompression chambers as well as training of the operating personnel. Upon his retirement from the Navy, Chuck worked as a civil servant at NASA/Langley. At NASA/Langley he operated the Water Immersion Facility, working with astronauts and engineers until operations shifted to Houston. Choosing not to transfer to Houston Chuck left NASA and served as a sanitarian for Gloucester County for many years before coming back as a NASA/Langley contractor where he worked until he once again retired. Chuck was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. In addition, he was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, American Legion and Life Member of the VFW.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 62 years, Thelma; son, Charles Jr.; daughters, Karen Henry and her husband, Jim of Gloucester, Vicki Rowe of Newport News; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Masonic rites to be given at 6 p.m. followed by a visitation until 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Graveside services and interment with military honors will be performed at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk, Va., beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, March 12.

The family wishes that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled and Burned Children. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

- Excerpted from the Daily Press


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