Lake Wales, Fla. — Charlie Soule, 80, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2014, from complications following heart surgery.
He was born in Barnard, Vt. on Nov. 19, 1933, to Mary Jane Jillson Soule and Frank P. Soule. He attended Woodstock High School, and is remembered for his excellent abilities on the football field. He was an active member of the United States Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956, serving in Korea during that time. He returned to work in the Woodstock area for many years, also serving as an active member of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department, part of that time as Assistant Chief. Along with his wife and his in-laws, Sharon and Peter Hall, he owned and ran “Pete & Bill’s” grocery store for several years. After relocating to Lake Wales, Charlie worked as a mason, and then operated his own lawn service for “snowbird” friends and neighbors in Saddlebag Lake Resort, where he resided.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Almeda Novotny; and brothers, Damon Jillson and Walter Soule. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Patricia Hall Soule; his former wife, Jane Pinney Soule; brother, William (Joy) Soule; sons, Frank (Kelly) Soule, Glenn Soule, Rick (Debby) Parks; and daughters, Calista (Tom) Brennan and Jennifer Salk (David) Ehrich; as well as eight grandchildren, Jason Brooker, Amanda Soule, Kaleigh Soule, Austin Soule, Benton Soule, Ashtin Soule, Lilly and Jack Parks; and numerous close cousin, nieces and nephews.
Charlie Soule was a proud member of The American Legion Post 0024 in Woodstock, Vt., the VFW Post 2420 in Lake Wales, The Loyal Order of the Moose Pekin IL Lodge 916 and was a life member of the Hartford, Vt. Lodge 1541 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He enjoyed playing his own brand of left-handed golf, and especially loved to fish in the lakes surrounding Lake Wales with his good friend and fishing buddy Dick, and sharing the resulting ‘fish frys’ with all his friends and neighbors. He was known in Saddlebag as “The Mayor of Woodruff Way”. He will be missed.
If anyone wishes to honor Charlie in any way, memorial contributions could be made to the Woodstock Fireman’s Relief Association, Woodstock, VT 05091, or any charity of your choosing. Memories can be shared with any of his family at any time and will be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.