Charles J. "Chuck" Valle Sr., a retired sales executive and World War II veteran, died Friday of heart failure at his home in Phoenix, Baltimore County. He was 91.
The son of a stonemason and a homemaker, Charles J. "Chuck" Valle Sr. was born in Rochester, N.Y., and moved with his family in 1924 to Federal Hill.
Mr. Valle was a 1940 graduate of Southern High School, where he was an outstanding football and basketball player.
Mr. Valle enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1941 and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS San Jacinto as a member of a gunnery crew from 1943 to 1945. He participated in many of the important naval engagements of the Pacific war.
After being discharged with the rank of corporal, Mr. Valle returned to Baltimore and worked as a city firefighter until joining Gould Inc., manufacturers of industrial batteries, in 1957 as a field service engineer.
He rose to sales management leadership roles in the company's Mid-Atlantic region, positions he held until retiring in 1986.
Mr. Valle enjoyed woodworking and had been an active member of the Optimist International and Long Green Valley Council 8736 of the Knights of Columbus.
"He was most proud of his family, friends, his service to the United States during World War II and his Italian heritage," said a son, Matthew Valle of Stony Creek, N.C. "Dad was tough as nails when he had to be, yet unfailingly compassionate, generous and quick with a smile."
Mr. Valle was a longtime active communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Angela M. "Lee" Valle; three other sons, Charles J. Valle Jr. of Madonna, Michael G. Valle of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Anthony Valle of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Lisa Marie Valle of Baltimore; a sister, Magdelina "Madge" Snowden of New Castle, Del.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun