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Charlie Vranian

January 23, 1923 ~ December 17, 2020 (age 97)


Charlie Vranian, January 23, 1923-December 17, 2020

Husband, Father, Grandfather.

A remarkable man, loved and cherished by all his family and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, John and Sanduk Vranian and sister, Mary Krajicek (Joseph), his beloved wife Sophie and loving Grandson, Kurt Knoeferl.

Father of Kay L. Knoeferl, Charles J. Vranian (Debra), Steven C. Vranian (Jule) and Kimberly L. Higgins (David)and dear Uncle of Kathryn L. Krajicek.

Grandchildren, Keith, Keri and Kraig Knoeferl (Tiffany Hutchings), Adam (Rhia)and Michael Vranian, Sophie Vranian (Yadin Dickstein) and Evan Vranian ( Sarah Soegaard), Megan Higgins Ratty,(Michael)Bradley, Brendan and MacKenzie Higgins.

Great-grandchildren: Mattea Knoeferl, Caeden and Colee Knoeferl, Peyton, Izzie and Lucy Vranian, Salome Lev Vranian, Quinn and Jack Charles Ratty.

Charlie spent his entire engineering career at Ford Motor Company. He was assigned the position of Chief Engineer of Ford of Argentina in 1968, later becoming Chief Engineer of all car lines for North America. He retired from Ford in 1981 and enjoyed traveling and lots of family time.

He was a World War II Veteran serving proudly as a young Crew Chief on B-24 Bombers in Venosa, Italy. His love of airplanes led him to building racing planes with classmates at Lawrence Institute of Technology and then rebuilding a 1947 Stinson Voyager bush plane, renewing his pilot’s license, and flying well into his 70s.

He lived life to the fullest, enjoying time with his family and many friends. He made friends easily, and had a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family. We love you Dad.

Donations in his memory may be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital or the Armenian Non-Profit Organization,

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