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Charles Lee "Middie" Middlestetter


Charles Lee "Middie" Middlestetter Obituary
CHARLES LEE MIDDLESTETTER Charles Lee "Middie" Middlestetter passed away May 1, 2017 at home, after four months of Infinity Hospice care. He was born May 24, 1928 to Lela V. (Crabtree) and Jessee A. Middlestetter in Dayton, Ohio and was raised with his two sisters in Blackwell, Okla. Middie enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950, serving mainly in Shemya, Ala. as manager of the motor pool and as lead singer in the band he organized. While in the serive, he met his idol, Burl Ives, who affirmed his talent, and encouraged Middie to "do something with his voice." Due to disabling service injuries, he was honorably discharged as a S/Sgt in 1954. Postponing his dream of building a music career, he returned to family in Sedro Woolley, Wash., where, applying his ingenuity and warm personality, he became a successful owner-operator of several businesses. In 1998, he retired to Pahrump, Nev. where, with his wife, Mary and dear friend, Les Doss, he devoted his leisure to performing and recording many of his original songs and writing his book, Middie's Memoirs: A Personal Journey of Discovery (Page Publishing, Inc.). Middie was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Carrie May Reser (Norris), and Maryjo Young (Merle). Middie is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary A. Costello; daughter, Lisa Gold; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, four nieces and one nephew. He will be especially missed by his poodle-companion, Palley-O, and countless friends, who cherish and celebrate his memory. A Celebration of Life, to which his many friends are invited, will be at an open house at his home, on Sunday, May 21st, 2-5 pm (775-751-1122). Please come and share your memories of Middie.
Published in Pahrump Valley Times on May 19, 2017
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