Charles J McKaskle

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LUBBOCK - Charles J McKaskle died May 10, 2017, at the Windmill Rehab Center in Lubbock. He was born in Stanton Aug 1, 1937, to Moncue and Virgie (Hatten) McKaskle, the middle of five children raised on their farm on the Andrews highway. He went to the Flower Grove School, and served in the Air Force for four years. He returned to West Texas in 1963. He married Jan Fields of Big Spring on Mar. 7, 1964. They moved to Fort Worth to work for General Dynamics, but soon moved back to the Big Spring area and together they raised lots of cotton, a family, big gardens, and just about anything else he set his mind to. At one point he worked with Texas A&M to raise red fish and shrimp using salt water from the local draw. He sold and restored cars in his body shop, and he made beautiful brass and copper pieces — one took first place at the Texas State Fair. He was also a member of the Grady ISD school board and attended the Tarzan Baptist church. He moved to Lubbock in 2002, where they attended the Experience Life church, did a bit of travel and enjoyed grandchildren. They were very fortunate to have the assistance and friendship of Maggie Vasquez as their health faded. Charlie made many friends throughout his life. He never met a stranger, and he loved to talk and eat. It didn’t hurt that he could make brisket so tender that “teeth were optional” and ribs so good you’d wrestle your cousin for the last one. He passed on his love of working with his hands and his love of excellent food to his sons and their families. He is survived by his brothers John Henry McKaskle of Comstock, Billy McKaskle of Del Rio; sister Venita Davis of Acuff; daughter Mara of Fredericksburg; sons Greg of Austin, Tim of Amarillo and Mike of Lubbock; and seven grandchildren. He will be joining his wife, Jan; his older brother Dudley and his parents who passed before him. Graveside service May 15 was at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring.

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