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Charles Henry Neufeld
CHARLES HENRY NEUFELD LIFE HISTORY
Charles Henry Neufeld was born in Kingsburg California to Arthur and Elizabeth Neufeld on November 12, 1928. The youngest of five children Charles was raised on a farm during the depression where he developed a work ethic and thriftiness that would define his own business life. He was born again and baptized at an early age at the Dinuba M.B. Church. He graduated from high school in 1947 as a member of the first class to graduate from the present campus of Immanuel Schools. Following high school Charlie attended Pacific Bible Institute in Fresno for one year.
On May 20, 1949, he went on his first date with his future wife Verna Jean Friesen, a mysterious and beautiful girl from Canada. On May 30, 1950 on a blistering hot evening Charlie and Verna were married in the Bethany M.B. Church in Fresno. They were blessed with five sons: James Arthur, Andrew Dale, Mark Charles, Thomas Henry and Douglas Martin. While his sons did not comprise his whole labor force they were an integral part of his farming operation. Each son joined the force when he was old enough to lift a shovel. Each learned many skills of adult-level responsibility and the rewards of hard work.
Charlie and Verna lived in Dinuba (1950-1957) and then moved to Road 32 location in Kingsburg where they farmed from January 1958 until 2018 when they moved to Reedley. Charlie was a proud cotton farmer in Dinuba, Traver, Alpaugh and Kettleman City. As times changed, he converted to farming stone fruit at the Kingsburg/Traver location. Charlie was widely known throughout the south valley region due to his vast experience and friendly personality. He served his fellow farmers on the Tulare County ASC for many years. Deeply loyal to the Mennonite Brethren Church he was the leading founder of the KMBC in 1962. Charlie was active in the Hispanic work, MBY, Kingsburg MB Church and Pacific District Conference committees.
Charlie’s special joys in life were his family and the Mennonite Brethren church. He was so grateful for each of his children, grandchildren and especially his great-grandchildren. He was especially grateful when great-grandson Kaleb was miraculously saved from birth defects by intervention of angels and the Holy Spirit.
Charlie was in declining health ever since he and Verna moved to Sierra View on March 7, 2018. But the Lord graciously gave him over three more years of life with all of the family. Then on September 15, 2021 he broke his shoulder and spent the next seven weeks in Sierra View Rehab. He returned to his apartment on Tuesday November 2, 2021 and declined rapidly. Charlie went to be with the Lord on Thursday November 11, 2021 just four hours short of his 93rd birthday.
Those surviving Charlie include his wife of 71 years, Verna Neufeld; SONS: James Neufeld of Dinuba, CA; Andrew Neufeld of Merced, CA, wife Toni, son Samuel and daughter Anna; Mark Neufeld of Paso Robles, CA, wife Jill, daughter Janice, husband Jeff Huston and children Jacob and Jonah; daughter Stephanie, husband Johnny Purchio and son J.P.; son Jeffry, wife Stephanie and son Patrick; Thomas Neufeld of Kingsburg, wife Brenda, daughter Amanda, husband Kevin Perry and children Jet, Kaleb and Ruby; daughter Kaylie, husband Matthew Martins and children Lucy, Cora and Henry; son Ryan, wife Janel; Douglas Neufeld of Aquas Caliente Mexico, wife Sarai, children Daniel and Elizabeth. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Elizabeth Neufeld and all his siblings including Clara Warkentin, Daniel Neufeld, Wesley Neufeld and Raymond Neufeld.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to Multiply.net, the international missionary branch of the Mennonite Brethren Church.
VIEWING: Wednesday, November 17, 4:00-7:00 PM Dopkins Reedley Funeral Home, 2200 S Reed Ave, Reedley, CA 93654, (559)638-7000.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 3:00 PM at Hope Kingsburg Church, 1301 Stroud Ave, Kingsburg CA (559)897-4162.
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Recording of Service
A candle was lit in memory of Charles Neufeld
Shirley Jones Nov 15 2021 6:38 PM