Charles Austin Bland QMC (USN-Ret.)

October 28, 1939 - June 28, 2020

10/28/1939 - 06/28/2020

Past Services

Thursday July 09, 2020
10:00 am

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Memorial Mass

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Meeting ID: 961 1624 1161

Password: 336901

Charles “Chuck” A. Bland, 80, was called home peacefully on Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Norfolk, Virginia.  Charles was born October 28, 1939 to Charlie and Tessa in Woodbury, Georgia.  Chuck immediately enlisted after high school and served in the Navy.  He retired as a Navy Chief Navigator with 23 years of service and retired Civil Service GS12 with 15 years of service.  He enjoyed flying planes, playing golf and gardening.  Chuck was a jack of all trades and was always on the go.  He was known as a real friend and a generous, loving and funny person with a big heart.
Chuck met his soulmate Merle and they began their short but sweet 4 year life together.  They used to live in Newport News but decided to move back in Norfolk to be closer to family.
His loving memory will forever be cherished by his wife Merle; sister Jane and brother-in-law Byron; children, Christopher, Colin and Janice; stepchildren, Mark and his wife Mildred, Jeremy Ann and her husband Lester; step grandchildren, Andrea, Miguel, Joaquin and Gabrielle.  He will also be remembered by his closest friends, Stan, Carla, Kevin & CeCe, Grace and several other family friends.  He will also be missed by Caregivers, Nurse Aides, and Social Workers who helped take care of him in the last year while he was in home hospice.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd in Virginia Beach.  If you choose to attend services via Zoom, the Meeting ID is 961 1624 1161 and the password is 336901. Condolences may be left for Chuck’s family below.

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Janice Lawson
6 months ago

It’s been almost 2 years since God called you home. At times I still can’t believe you’re not here. I remember the funny memories of you and I. I’m forever grateful for the things you done for me. I miss you so much and love you even more. Chris and Colin do as well. May you Rest In Peace. I hope you are happy and surrounded by love. I love you Dad.

All my love,

Russell Robert Cerro
7 months ago

I worked with Chuck at NAVMAC for several years, both in uniform and civil service. He was always professional on the job. I flew with him to Tangier Island. Chuck was an excellent pilot. He had a wonderful sense of humor that came through even after his stroke. A great guy.

darrell brock
1 year ago

Chuck – We followed Bill W. together when I lived in the Norfolk area. Hope your chairing meetings up there.

Sid Samaha
2 years ago

Worked with Chuck many years ago at NAVMACLANT (more than 40 yrs). After all this time, I was just playing with the pc and decided a moment ago to locate and give Chuck a call — but am to late,,,, So very sorry to learn of his passing.

Carisa Vercaza
2 years ago

You will always be remembered with your laughter and zest for life. Thank you for the wonderful memories, Papa Chuck. It has been a pleasure to have met you. Rest in power and peace! Love you!

Laurie Powell O’Leary
2 years ago

So sorry to hear the sad news of Chuck’s passing. I hadn’t seen him since he came to my wedding in May 1992. But I’ve often though of him through the years. One-of-a-kind, he never failed to make me laugh and encourage me when we worked together at the Navy School of Work Study. He taught me about the subculture of Navy Chiefs and once took another coworker and me for a lunchtime flight. He put new siding on my mother’s house and shared his wisdom about rental properties. Such a colorful, go-getter, vibrant character. I will not forget him. May peace be with all his loved ones.

Sis Jane Bland Taylor
2 years ago

My heart is broken but you are no longer in pain. I think I need to send you a message to check in and wait for your emoji which always made me smile. The last conversation we had I told you I love you and asked you to tell mom and dad I love them. I listen to the song “Go rest high on the mountain your work on earth is done”. You taught me so much. I feel so alone you were the only one I had left but I prayed for mercy for you asking the Lord to take you to stop your pain. I will see you one day Bro.

Jeanette Wesley
2 years ago

Chuck – I will always remember our wonderful days at NAVMAC. You were the best coworker anyone could have. A very good memory! Prayers to you and your family.

Merle Bland
2 years ago

Goodbye honey bunny! I will forever miss you my soul mate and love of my life. I will miss you saying “I love you” every day we’re together. You always make me feel special and never miss any occasion. I know you are with our Creator. Always look upon me and don’t worry coz Mark & Jhery will take care of me. I love u!

Joaquin Guzman
2 years ago

Thanks for taking care of my grandmother and i will promise to you that we will take care of her and i am happy because you will not feel the pain upstairs and even we haven’t met in personal i am happy to be your grandchild and you are only my grandfather i ever met.
We will never forget you and we love you.