Services are planned March 23 for Charles Albert Discoe Jr., a longtime Scotts Valley general contractor, who died Feb. 20 at his home in Murphys. He was 95.
A native of Nebraska, Mr. Discoe lived in Scotts Valley and worked as a general contractor for 42 years before retiring to Murphys in 2003.
He served in the Army during World War II. He became a master mason in 1954 and was recognized for 50 years of service in 2004. He served as president of the Kiwanis Club and was also the president of the Garden Club of Felton.
Mr. Discoe was a private pilot who enjoyed many hours of flying. He became a painter in his 80s, painting landscapes and birds.
He was a dedicated church parishioner and sang in the choir for 40 years.
He and his wife Helen enjoyed traveling and recently took two Caribbean cruises with his family. Relatives said he was always willing to lend a hand where needed, and his gentle kindness was felt by all who met him.
Mr. Discoe is survived by wife Helen Ormsby of Murphys; four children, Paul Discoe of San Francisco, Michael Discoe of Texas, Sheila Wertman of Murphys and Mark Discoe of Scotts Valley; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Discoe.
A celebration of his life will begin at 1 p.m. March 23, a Saturday, at the First Congregational Church, corner of Church and Algiers streets, in Murphys, with a reception there to follow.
Contributions in Mr. Discoe’s name can be made to the First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 48, Murphys, CA 95247; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.