Charles “Charlie” Heite, 99 of Ocean View passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes.
A lifelong Delawarean, he was born Dec. 23, 1921, in Dover to the late Samuel Heite and Mabel Shockley. A 1939 graduate of Dover High School, shortly thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served honorably during WWII; he was stationed in Pearl Harbor and survived the attacks that day. After serving in the Army and being honorably discharged, he returned to Delaware where he met and married Marjorie, and together the couple was married for 61 years and raised three children. He retired as a supervisor after many years of service with Western Electric.
In addition to his love for his family and friends, Charlie was a fierce patriot who loved his country and the flag for which he so honorably served; some of his dearest times were traveling to Pearl Harbor after his military service and paying tribute to his fallen brothers. His patriotism showed in his lifelong memberships to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and the Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234 where he remained active through the years.
An avid fisherman, he could be found spending many summers on the Indian River Inlet with his children or deep in the Atlantic fishing for marlin. He was proud to have mentored many of the best fishermen on the Eastern Shore.
In addition to his parents, Charlie is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Marjorie Heite (nee McDaniel); daughter Dorothy Andrews; brothers Samuel Francis Heite and James Lloyd Heite. Charlie is survived by his sons Edward of Ocean View, and Kenneth and wife Rita of Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in his name to the Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234, 29265 Marshy Hope Way, Ocean View, DE 19970.
Online condolences can be left by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com
Services are private at the request of the family.