Charles L. Beach

Charles L. Beach, age 76, passed away peacefully on Jan. 6, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. He was surrounded by his significant other Helena Schlup and daughter Holly Cornett.

He was born on Nov. 5, 1942, in Los Angeles to Samuel and Ruby (McCain) Beach. Charles was a resident of Ridgecrest for 73 years. He graduated from Burroughs High School and went on to complete a degree in engineering at Bakersfield College. Charles worked for the Navy at China Lake as a machinist for approximately 40 years until retirement.

Charles was passionate about cooking, car racing and country dancing. He was an avid outdoorsman. Charles is survived by his significant other Helena Schlup, daughter Holly and son-in-law Christian Cornett, granddaughter Rylie Cornett, Jasmine Cornett, Ed and Sue Schlup, Adam Schlup, Stacey and Matt LaMotta, William LaMotta and Shannon LaMotta, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Feb. 23. A graveside service followed at Desert Memorial Park in Ridgecrest. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the USO or City of Hope Cancer Research Center.

— Submitted by the family of Charles L. Beach

Story First Published: 2019-03-01