In Memory

Charles W. Chabalko

Charles William Chabalko III

Charles William Chabalko III August 1, 1945 - December 14, 2020 Charles W. Chabalko III, 75, passed away Monday December 14, 2020. Charles was born in Newport News, Virginia on August 1, 1945. He graduated from Irvin High school in El Paso and soon after, attended and graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso. After graduation, Charles left to serve his country joining the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Junior Grade Officer. Charles was a member of the VP-28 Patrol Squadron and deployed to Naha Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. In 1969, Charles served in the Vietnam War, stationed at Cam Ranh Air Force Base in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Charles was Honorably discharged from the Navy in 1971 with the rank of Lieutenant. In 1971, Charles continued to serve his country by joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent where he spent 24 years working a variety of criminal and counter intelligence cases in the Springfield, Indianapolis, and Albuquerque FBI field offices. Charles retired from the FBI in 1995. Charles was preceded in death by his parents Charles W. Chabalko II and Mary Elizabeth Chabalko. He leaves behind his son Charles W. Chabalko IV, his grandson Charles W. Chabalko V, and his sisters Patsy Slaughter and Mary Kathryn Beckhelm. A visitation will be held on Tuesday January 5, 2021 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm with Military honors beginning at 3:00pm at Sunset Funeral Home Northeast, 4631 Hondo Pass Dr., El Paso, Texas. On January 6, 2021, Charles will be laid to rest at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery


            Voted Class of 1963 Most Intellectual 

Chuck was a member of the National Honor Society and a Captain in the ROTC program, 


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01/06/21 06:28 AM #1    

Dolores Turner (Turner)

So sorry to hear of his passing but was a beautiful obituary.  Prayers for his family.

01/06/21 08:07 AM #2    

Jimmie Byron Vaughn

R I P, Chuck. It sounds like a life well lived.
Would that I'll be granted the same. 

01/17/21 02:05 PM #3    

Klaus Hille

My friend, I'll have a shot of Tequila in your honor. Just like Raul used to serve us in our younger days at the Durango Bar.

"Once upon a time there was a tavern 
Where we used to raise a glass or two 
Remember how we laughed away the hours 
And think of all the great things we would do…

Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end ..."

Those Were The Days, Song by Mary Hopkin

01/18/21 10:43 AM #4    

Clive R. Cochran

Chuck was a good friend at Irvin and Texas Western. He was always one of the smartest kids in the room, and always a gentleman, mature and reserved. I remember a conversation we had at TWC; we were probabaly freshman. Chuck said his ambition was to join the FBI. He knew it wouldn't be easy, the agency has very high standards. That was a long time ago, but it is great to know that he realized his goal. I bet he was a great agent. He is a credit to our school, his family should be very proud.

01/27/21 04:46 PM #5    

Pamelia Kaye Scudday (Sykes)

There were a number of us who attended Irvin who had also gone to Magoffin Jr. High (and some to Robert E. Lee Elementary School) together.  A few who come to mind are Frankie Niinneger, Charlie Ward, Karen Williams, Rusty Regrutto, and Charles Chalbalko.  Whenever of think of these, and most of the other students who went to Magofffin before Irvin, I always picture tthem from the Jr. High Years--probably because Irvin was so much bigger than Magoffin, and we mostly moved in different circles of friends.  

So, when I think of Chuck, I think of him as a 7th grader.  We were not close friends, but I remember him as being smart, kind, quiet, and oh-so-handsome!  Chuck was not "cute" like many of the popular boys, but his good looks had a maturity that seemed beyond his years.  In fact, I think he had a maturity beyond most of us.  That may be the reason, as I recall, that during 7th grade Mr.. Mallon started calling him "Chuck", which seemed to have stuck.  As I recall, we called him Charles before then.  I could be mistaken, of course, and if anyone knows, please let me know.

In any case, I wish I could thank him for his service to our country, both in the military and FBI, and to congradulate him for having a grandson, a 5th generation Charles Chalbalko.  I hope his life was filled with all good things.

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