Charles E. Drenning Sr., 87, Altoona, died Monday morning at Altoona Regional Health System, Altoona Hospital Campus.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Norman C. Sr. and Helen (Gailey) Drenning. He married Anna Marie Vaughn on June 28, 1947, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and she preceded him in death on June 1, 2004.
Surviving are a daughter, Karen Ann of Altoona; two sons: Charles E. Jr. and wife, Mary Anne, of Harrisburg and Michael and wife, Susan, of State College; five grandchildren: Matthew and wife, Cori, Shawn and wife, Cathy, Mary Beth Snyder and husband, Michael, Michael and fiancee, Angela Urban, and Michelle; six great-grandchildren: Alexis, Jackson, Evan, twins Colin and Peyton, and Benjamin; and two brothers: Norman C. Jr. and William G., both of Altoona.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Louis Grant; and a sister, Betty.
Charles served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean War, receiving the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one bronze star. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and also belonged to the Bavarian Aid Society, VFW and Friends of the Irish.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204 17th St., Altoona. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church by Father David R. Rizzo. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery.