An American Journey
The Genealogy of the Curbow-Montoya Family
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Charles Frederick Ham, Jr.
Published in Houston Chronicle on March 9, 2010
CHARLES FREDERICK HAM was born on November 30, 1937 in Quanah, TX to Fred and Margaret Peel. They moved to Oakdale, LA where he learned to fish and hunt alongside his dad in 1945. His family was transferred to Galena Park, TX where he grew up and developed many of the habits and traits we saw every day. He received his degree in Psychology and went on to also receive a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. He began as a co-op student in the power plants of HL&P where he worked for 37 years. While working and attending school, he met Darlene Sullivan, who he later married on June 30, 1961. He is survived by his wife Darlene; sons, Charles "Chuck" Ham and wife Lorna; Tobin Ham and wife Andra, and Kerry Ham and wife Sherri; grandchildren, Hannah, Chad, Cale, Stephanie, Melanie, Nathan and Natalie Ham; sister, Marian Miller and husband Jack; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Charlie traveled extensively with work and his wife, and was especially pleased when he could say he had visited all 50 states. He loved the outdoors as a spectator and a participant. He nourished the most beautiful garden that all enjoyed. He also played baseball, softball, golf, basketball, racquetball, ran and skied early in life. He loved watching his grandchildren's activities and had immense fun planning and carrying out many camps with them, "Let's travel to a new place and explore it" and vacations with all the cousins. He wanted them to spend time with each other besides during holidays. He was active member of South Main Baptist Church since 1961 where he served as a deacon and youth teacher. He had a passion for missions as a participant and leader all over the United States. He was involved in local missions through Missions Center Houston and dedicated much of his life to Trinity Pines Conference Center. Many hours were also spent volunteering at his church with maintenance and projects. He loved to explain concepts and processes with or without diagrams. He was determined to stay with the technological times, always sending text messages, purchasing the latest of photo equipment, programming systems on the new pool and even researching for a new church sign. He had a way of making things work when it didn't seem possible. He would fit in one more tea pot on the shelf for Darlene or fix something that was too complicated to accomplish. He loved his Lord, his wife, his family and his church. He lived life to the fullest. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the church to be used for local and global missions. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 9, 2010 from 6PM to 8Pm at Fairmont Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, march 10, 2010 at 2PM at South Main Baptist Church 4300 East Sam Houston Pkwy in Pasadena, TX 77505. Burial will follow at Forest Park Lawndale.