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Charles Edward Trowbridge, 87, departed this life on Aug. 4, 2016.
He was born May 17, 1929, in Salmon, Idaho. He served in the U.S Air Force as a pilot, with deployments in Korea and Vietnam and overseas assignments including Japan and Ethiopia. He was a test pilot in Japan for F-84s and F-86s, and he flew C-130s at Langley Air Force Base. With 10 military moves under his belt, Lt. Colonel Trowbridge retired with 23 years of service at Langley in 1973.
After completing his military career, he dedicated 27 years to United Service Planning Association as investment agent, district agent and assistant regional agent. After retiring a second time, he was asked to return to USPA as the East Coast Regional Speaker for 10 years. So with two careers spanning 50 years, he finally retired for a third time.
His friends and family knew him as an avid horseman buying, selling and showing more than 90 horses during his 40 years as a York County resident. He enjoyed fishing in Alaska and Canada as well as many weekends on the York River and Chesapeake Bay aboard the Cajun Queen. Always a competitor and athlete, he began as an Idaho State basketball captain and class president. He played tennis, volleyball, bowling and bridge, and he was a member of the Seaford Yacht Club for more than 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Sullivan, and his mother, Marjorie Smith, both of Idaho.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Katherine Jo Trowbridge; his son, Glen Trowbridge of North Carolina; and three daughters, Holly Alberts of Dallas, Monica Riggins of York County and Julie Poole of Gloucester.
A visitation will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, with a service immediately following, at Amory Funeral Home, 410 Grafton Dr., Yorktown, Va.
Interment will be at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Yorktown at a later date.