Charles D. Fordyce, age 94, of Salem, passed away Wednesday, February 9 at his home.
Mr. Fordyce was born November 20, 1927 in Salem, Indiana the son of Morton “Doc” and Agnes Nicholson Fordyce. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Charles joined the Navy at the age of 16, after his parents signed for him to enlist. He was then gone for 18 months, and during that time his family never knew where he was. Charles served on the Battleships USS Tennessee and USS Patoka. His ship was docked close enough that on September 2, 1945 he watched the official Instrument of Surrender be signed by the Japanese. He was also only 300 miles away and got to witness the atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Charles was retired from Ford Motor Co, and after retirement he drove a truck and worked for Hessel Inc. He hauled for the food bank. Charles also enjoyed flying airplanes and attending car shows. He was a member of Salem First Christian Church, the VFW Post #6636, American Legion Post #41, and the Crosley Car Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Joyce Rodman Fordyce on October 30, 2018. He is also preceded in death by a son: Trent Fordyce, two brothers: Irvin and Emmett Fordyce, and his parents.
Charles is survived by two sons: David Fordyce and Brent Fordyce both of Salem, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, February 17 at Weathers Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery with military honors.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4-8PM and Thursday from 9AM-until time of service at the funeral home.