Charles "Ted" Lenentine, 83, died peacefully October 2, 2016 in Niceville, Florida after a lengthy illness. He was born in Crystal, Maine to Charles E. and Ada G. (Ritchie) Lenentine.
Ted loved airplanes and that passion continued his whole life. He joined the United States Air Force after he graduated from Island Falls High School and became an aircraft mechanic during the Korean War. He had training and deployments across the United States, the Philippines and Greenland. After 14 years of military service, he joined the 3242 Avionics Maintenance Squad at Eglin AFB and became Instrument Mechanic Foreman with Civil Service. His was awarded the Maintenance Superintendent of the Year for the USAF Systems Command in 1978 for his superior work ethic. In honor of his service to his country, he was given a United States flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol on the day of his retirement.
Ted was caring family man who enjoyed woodworking, helping neighbors with home improvement projects, and overseeing lawn maintenance tasks at his church. He created many fond memories for his children by being an involved father in activities such as flying model airplanes and rockets, going to the beach, water skiing, target practice, ruby mining, and watching space shuttle launches.
Ted was married to his high school sweetheart, the late Sandra J. (Spearen) Lenentine for 32 years and later to the late Florence E. (Milling) Lenentine for 20 years.
Ted will be greatly missed by his sister Mabel P. Desmond; 5 children Katherine L. Thoreen and her husband James, Charles "Lenny" Lenentine and his partner Maryetta Doss, Steven W. Lenentine and his wife Victoria, Robert P. Lenentine, and Jason T. Lenentine and his wife Wendy; 11 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and his wives he was predeceased by his siblings Morris A. Lenentine, Mervin G. Lenentine, Marie P. Webb, Weldon J. Lenentine, and Evelyn G. Ames.
Ted's family thanks the kind staff and nurses of The Manor at Bluewater Bay in Niceville, Florida who cared for Ted and his wife, Florence, for several years before their deaths this year.
Published on December 16, 2016