Charlie Vranian, 97, retired chief engineer with Ford Motor Company

Charlie Vranian

OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Charlie Vranian, 97, born Jan. 23, 1923, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Husband, father and grandfather, he was a remarkable man who was loved and cherished by all his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sanduk Vranian; sister, Mary Krajicek (Joseph); beloved wife, Sophie; and loving grandson, Kurt Knoeferl.

He was the father of Kay L. Knoeferl, Charles J. Vranian (Debra), Steven C. Vranian (Jule) and Kimberly L. Higgins (David); dear uncle of Kathryn L. Krajicek; grandfather of Keith, Keri and Kraig Knoeferl (Tiffany Hutchings), Adam (Rhia) and Michael Vranian, Sophie Vranian (Yadin Dickstein) and Evan Vranian ( Sarah Soegaard), Megan Higgins Ratty,(Michael) Bradley, Brendan and MacKenzie Higgins; and great-grandfather of Mattea Knoeferl, Caeden and Colee Knoeferl, Peyton, Izzie and Lucy Vranian, Salome Lev Vranian and Quinn and Jack Charles Ratty.

Charlie spent his entire engineering career at Ford Motor Company. He was assigned the position of chief engineer of Ford of Argentina in 1968, later becoming chief engineer of all car lines for North America. He retired from Ford in 1981 and enjoyed traveling and lots of family time.

He was a World War II veteran, who proudly served as a young crew chief on B-24 bombers in Venosa, Italy. His love of airplanes led him to building racing planes with classmates at Lawrence Institute of Technology and then rebuilding a 1947 Stinson Voyager bush plane, renewing his pilot’s license and flying well into his 70s.

He lived life to the fullest, enjoying time with his family and many friends. He made friends easily and had a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family. We love you, Dad.

Donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Armenian Non-Profit Organization.

Share online condolences with the family at Michael J. Fulwood Funeral Service Licensee.

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