Charles Kenwood: 1931 ~ 2015


Charles Norman Kenwood, a resident of Fresno for 50 years, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his family, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 83.

A family graveside service will be held Sunday, April 26, at 10 a.m., at Three Rivers Cemetery.

Charles, also known as Norman or Chuck, was born August 6, 1931, in Exeter to Frank Lloyd Kenwood and Muriel Hope Kenwood of Three Rivers. He is the fifth generation of one of Three Rivers’s pioneer homesteading families. He was raised in Three Rivers and, in 1950, graduated from Woodlake High School. 

He attended Fresno State for one year before joining the service. Norman served with the U.S. Air Force from May 16, 1952, to May 15, 1957.

In 1965, Norman became an Operating Engineer Local Union No. 3 and was part of the construction team that built many of the roads and bridges in the Central Valley. He retired in 2001 at the age of 70.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents, brother Garry Kenwood (1929-2000), and son Kerry Kenwood in 1969.

Charles is survived by his children Toni Kenwood Johnson, Susan (Red) Kenwood Rocha and Michael Kenwood; grandchildren Alexis Rogers, Lindsay Basconis, Jenhi Ciapponi, Dashel Rocha, Shy Ann and Charles Kenwood; and great grandchildren Tatum and Mason Rogers. Extended family of Charles include his aunt Evelyn Stiltz, Jim Grindle (deceased), Kathy Bohl, Nancy Crawford, Kirk Stiltz and Julie Olson.

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