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Charles Leonard JettJanuary 24, 1927 ~ August 26, 2017 (age 90)
Charles L. Jett of Cheboygan passed away on August 26, 2017 surrounded by family in present and within prayers at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Most knew him as Jett, he would not answer to his given name.
Jett was born on January 24, 1924 in Detroit, MI, the son of Arley and Nellie (Rutledge) Jett. He spent most of his life in this area until he moved to northern Michigan for a career opportunity.
Jett proudly served our country in the Navy upon the USS Philippine Sea CV-47 where he received electrical training. He began working for J.B. Webb Control Engineer which transferred him to northern Michigan where he was an Electrical Engineer Designer, he retired at the age of 63. He was very proud of working there. This man did not have much education, but his hands on learning was far greater than anything he could've received in school. He could figure out how to repair anything without having to Google it, for back then there was no internet, but when that came about he became an expert on that as well. He enjoyed repairing many types of problems for friends and family when they had issues happen with their electronics. His passion was being a CB operator, then later advanced to being a Hand Radio Operator. His fellow operators knew him as N8PVV, but they recognized him by his voice before he even spoke those call letters. In the later years of life his most favorite pastime was sitting on his porch in Levering watching the cars go by and barking at dogs hanging out the windows. He truly did miss his neighbors when he eventually had to move in with a family member to be cared for more due to his age. His love of animals led him to owning many over the years, even the point of having a cat (dog) house on his front porch to keep the stray cats warm that he fed and maybe a skunk or two. Cali was his latest cat still living that would follow him all over the house in her protective way and if he was gone would be at the door waiting for his return. we could go on forever speaking about our father but there are truly no words on how to describe this man for he was one of a kind and those that knew him understand this very much. You will be missed dad, but we know you are with your departed family where you wanted to be for sometime now.
Jett is survived by his children Susan Brumlow of Royal Oak, MI, Clarissa (Brian) Coffell, Chuck (Cindi) Jett, John (Asta) Jett, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his previous wife Ray Jett. He joins his parents Arley and Nellie Jett, his three sisters; Virginia Cantrell, Betty Lou Dickens, Mary Jane Cagle, and his infant daughter Linda.
Do not feel sorrow for our loss but rejoice Jett's life for he still warms our hearts with much love and happiness.