Farrell, Charles

Farrell, Charles Charles (Chuck) Farrell was born October 29, 1919 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. One of eleven children, he graduated from Notre Dame University in 1941 and majored in Journalism. While at Notre Dame, he participated in varsity football, basketball and baseball. Chuck enlisted in the Army Air Corp as an aviation cadet at the outbreak of World War II. He volunteered as a combat glider pilot and served four years as an Air Corp Officer earning four battle stars in the European theater of operations. In 1944 he was shot down behind enemy lines in the Holland airborne invasion and was captured by the Nazis. He was interned in a German POW camp until the end of the war. In May of 1945, he was liberated and returned home to be with his wife and son, Charles Jr. In 1946, he served as graduate assistant football, basketball and baseball coach at Cornell University while acquiring a Master's degree in Social Science. In 1947, he began a 40 year career as a teacher of American Government and a coach in the Phoenix Union High School system. Concurrently he taught U.S. History at Phoenix Evening College for 15 years. In 1948, he began his 27 year tenure as summer time director for the City of Phoenix youth baseball program which annually took hundreds of kids off the streets and onto the baseball diamonds. This program was co-sponsored by the Phoenix Elks Lodge #335 in conjunction with the City of Phoenix. In the 1960s he owned and operated "Batter Up", Arizona's first batting range with automatic pitchers. In the political arena during 1962 he served as chairman of the Maricopa County Democratic Research Committee. He entered the hotly contested race for Congress and campaigned vigorously for the passage of Medicare, Civil Rights and national youth corps fitness program. Although he was not elected, he continued to fight for the common man and woman, and in 1963 campaigned unsuccessfully in a runoff election for a seat on the Phoenix City Council. As a long time advocate for physical fitness, he joined the United States Handball Association where he was a competitive performer in the National tournaments. In 1978 he won gold medals in the 3rd International Senior Olympics Handball Tournament in single and doubles for players aged 55-60. He continued to play handball 3 times a week into his 80s. For 15 years he was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle parish where he participated in the teaching of Christian Doctrine for high school students who attended public schools. In 1984 he became a member of the Men's Club of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Sun City. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Sun City on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 11AM. A burial will follow at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the Valley. Chuck is survived by his wife of 31 years, Helene Farrell; his children, Charles Farrell, Jr. and wife, Becky; Paul C. Farrell; William Farrell and his wife Darlene; Mary E. Farrell; Kevin R. Farrell; Shauna E. Farrell; Kathleen E. Farrell; Sally Blonien and her husband Scott Blonien; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Service are entrust to Sunland Memorial Park and Mortuary, Sun City AZ. https://view.admission.net/abc/mactive/_ARIZONAREPUBLIC_0000131172/i-1.JPG

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