Charles A. Ainge, an electronics technician and running enthusiast, died of complications from leukemia Saturday at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Westminster resident was 57.
Born in Boise, Idaho, he served in the Navy in radio communications aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Lawrence during the Vietnam War. He then earned two associate's degrees, in business administration and accounting, from the Hardbarger Junior College of Business in Raleigh, N.C.
He moved to Middletown in Frederick County in 1985 and was a service engineer technician at Tektronix in Gaithersburg until 2004. For the past two years, he worked at Rohde & Schwartz, a communications equipment company in Columbia. He received a letter of appreciation for his work calibrating instruments for the National Security Agency at Fort Meade.
He competed in marathons and belonged to the Carroll County Roadrunners Club. He enjoyed riding his Triumph motorcycle and camping, and built an observatory in his backyard to study stars and planets. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A military funeral was held Tuesday in Westminster.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Joan Fosburg Hajewski; a son, Bradley Ainge of Raleigh, N.C.; two stepsons, Paul Hajewski of Owings Mills and John Hajewski of Columbia; and two sisters, Catie Harris and Tuck Ainge, both of Boise.