Charles Conrad Monch

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CHARLES CONRAD MONCH Major Charles Conrad Monch, USMC (retired), a resident of New Braunfels, died at his home on Friday morning, January 28, 2022, at the age of 85. Charles was born on September 6, 1936 in Passaic, NJ to the late Ernest Conrad Monch and Aldine Emma Hill. Charles enlisted in the USMC in 1955-1959. While an enlisted man he served in Japan and California as a Base Weatherman. After the conclusion of his service, he returned home to attend college at Bloomfield College where he studied History. In 1961 he had the opportunity to return to the Marines and attend Officer Candidates School and Aerographer's Mate School. 1st Lieutenant Monch received his commission and wings in 1963 and served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Major Monch remained in the USMC Reserves until 1994. In civilian life, Charles enjoyed a long career as a commercial airline pilot first for Braniff International and then United Airlines, retiring from the commercial airlines in 1996 as a captain. Charles was a friend to everyone, never a stranger in any situation. His enigmatic charisma and joyful affability attracted friends far and wide. He loved a great joke and he loved to laugh. He was adventurous; he was never too old to try something new. Charles loved music, his dog, food, traveling, golf, sports, hunting, friends, cars, gadgets, and history, but his passions were flight, his family, and Kathleen, his wife of 59 years. He made it his mission to know a little about a lot of things, sometimes just enough to get into trouble. Growing up as a young boy with a single mom, he and his mother experienced hardships and were often faced with relying on the kindness of friends and relatives. Those experiences gave him the perspective to value the importance of family, and his kind and generous spirit was informed by this. He achieved countless accomplishments and earned commendations, medals, and titles over his years of service, both in the military and the commercial airlines, but none more accomplished or more prestigious than that of Husband, Dad, Poppy & Great Poppy. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Monch and Aldine Hill Russell, and cousins Donald Thomas McCloskey and Robert McCloskey. Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Kathleen Riordan Monch; son Kurt (Cheryl) Monch of Canyon Lake, Tx, and daughters Kristine (Jay) Martin of Highland Village, Tx, Karen (Mark) Tiller of Dripping Springs, Tx, and Jennifer (Christopher) Brown of Murfreesboro, Tn; grandchildren Jennifer Martin, JD Martin, Staci Stephenson, Robert Stephenson, Emma (Joey) Anchondo, Riordan Tiller, Finlay Tiller, Mary Brown, Marlowe Brown; great grandchildren Camden Hernandez, Layla Joseph, Kaylee Joy Helmbeck, and Jasper Anchondo. A Mass in celebration of the life of Charles will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Thursday, Feb 3, 2022 at 2pm with a reception to follow at McAdoo’s. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the Mass. A private burial will take place on Tuesday, Feb 15, 2022 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. To leave a message for the family, please visit and select obituaries. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to The Wounded Warriors Project.

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  1. To Monch who made my life more blessed. Going to miss you so much. A tree planted to forever change this world because you did. Love you Miss you

  2. Monch was a man of greatness. A great man, husband, father, and an American Marine. I am blessed to have been a part of it. So full of life singing laughing Loving his wife and children grand children and great grandchildren. Angels are so happy for a new choir member. Jesus walking and talking with Monch. Well done faithful servant!

    • Charlie was one of the people in New Braunfels I first met. He was very kind and showed me the ropes at Landa Legends. I will miss him very much.

  3. Having worked with Charlie at JFK, he stood out as a man, who every now and then in Life we are blessed with knowing, a Soul who brightens our day, if not our path; Charlie eminently did both.

  4. Praying blessings on your family. Yes Charlie was full of antics! He loved life to it’s fullest. Fond neighborhood memories of all of you. Albert & I send loving condolences. Albert & Joanne Hughes

  5. Rich and I are so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. We were lucky to have spent time with he and Kathy and witness his exuberant personality and great sense of humor. He and Kathy were a loving couple and raised amazing kids. He is loved and will be missed. Debbie and Rich Brown

  6. The Captain taught me to drive a boat in Hawaii while he fiddled with some new gadget to mark our GPS location on the ocean. We made it to a sandbar area and he said we could swim around— soon as I jumped in Kath said ‘Charlie isn’t this where all the shark attacks happened a few weeks ago?’ He just laughed while I scrambled back up into the boat. Thanks Poppy for always being a good time and literally laughing in the face of danger. Pass the Scrubba. Love Tobey

  7. Dear Monch family, we are sending our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Charlie. He will be missed by all!

  8. Dear Monch Family, I am so sorry for your loss. We lost a great one down here but heaven gained one hilarious angel. Love, Monica Garner

  9. Dear Kathy&Family,we send our sincere sympathy for your loss of your Charlie,Their is a Brighter Star ShiningAbove&Your Forever Guardian Angel to watch over you✝️🙏🏻🌟😇Thinking Of you&keeping you in our Healing Prayers for your Broken Hearts to Mend , replacing the sadness with wonderful Memories. Hugs Ray&Lin Abriola

  10. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lossour thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  11. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  12. Mr. Monch is a man you can never forget! He definitely loved the joke and when he smiled, he lit up the whole room! He definitely lived life to the fullest, and he definitely did not go down without a fight! The stories he shared were incredible and one could only dream of what he’s done. You’ll forever be remembered Mr. Monch. My condolences to the Monch family.

  13. Charlie, you were one of my favorite people and I will miss you very much. Great memories of hunting with you at Athens, Tx and flying with you in the Dallas reserves, especially the trip back from Puerto Rico in 1972. Thanks, Kathy, for the meals and the companionship I got to enjoy with your beloved Charlie. I will remember him always.

  14. Thinking of you all and lifting you up during this time. What a wonderful life well-lived!

  15. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  16. I never knew your dad, but I got a great picture thru Kristine. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Sending love & prayers.

  17. In Loving Memory of Charles, one of my favorite people and dad to a family that means so much to me. His love and laughter will be present always.

  18. Charlie was a great friend and Marine. Have many memories of our times together in the Marine reserves and Braniff Airlines. Sympathies to Kathy and family. RIP brother. John Councilman

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