CHARLES "CHUCK" CARSON LYNN, JR.
Final Flight on June 26, 2010
Charles "Chuck" Carson Lynn, Jr., USAF (Retired)
March 10, 1966 - June 26, 2010
Charles “Chuck” Carson Lynn, Jr., 44, of Sorrento, FL died in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, June 26, 2010, near Douglas, WY. while participating in the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge, a grueling cross-country event starting in Key West, FL, and ending in Homer, Alaska.
Born March 10, 1966 in Monongahela, PA., Chuck was the son of Veronica Sobeck-Lynn, and the late Charles Carson Lynn, Sr. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1984 and spent the following 25 years as an aviation mechanic, beginning with service in the USAF, and continuing with Renown Aviation, Inc., DynCorp Technical Services, and currently with OPTEC, Inc. While in the Air Force he served with the “Jolly Green” from April, 1986 to August, 1989, and was known to his military friends as Chuck “The Luckiest Man in Korea” Lynn. His civilian career included locations around the world, most recently Bogota, Colombia, and he was the holder of numerous technical and professional certifications and licenses, including Airframe and Powerplant Aviation Mechanic Certification from the State of Oklahoma.
Chuck is survived by his wife Rocio Lynn of Sorrento, and son, Jonathan (Lynn) who resides in Mathopen, Norway; sister Cathie Pollock of Mobile, AL., her husband John Pollock, and their children Daniel Devers and Rebecca Franklin, and Rebecca’s children, Dakota, Ashton and Roman; sister Bessie Fait Lynn of Dravosburg, PA., and her children Rodney Sawyers and Traci Patrick, Rodney’s daughter Evanna and Traci’s son Ryan; mother-in-law “Mommy” Susana Palacios of Bogota, Colombia; sister-in-law Edna Hagen of Tucson, AZ., her husband Jeff Hagen, and their children Sophia and Isabella; sister-in-law Patty Cappiello of Boca Raton, FL., her husband Darryl Cappiello, and their children Anthony and Valentina; sister-in-law Paola Perez of Bogota, Columbia, her husband Leonardo Carreno, and their daughter Danielita. Chuck was a godparent to Anthony and Valentina Cappiello, Sophia Hagen, Danielita Carreno and Bryson Cain.
Chuck was an avid motorcyclist, logging thousands of miles on his Harley Davidson Road Glide, often accompanied by his wife, Rocio. He was very passionate about participating in the Hoka Hey Challenge that started on June 20, 2010. Hoka Hey means “My mind is clear, my soul is at peace, and I can complete what I need to do.” Chuck enjoyed any form of travelling and discovering the world. He also enjoyed aviation, scuba diving, fishing, and riflery. He was a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and was a member of the Harley Owners Group, the American Motorcyclist Association, and ABATE.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 P.M. on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 and from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at the Allen J. Harden Funeral Home in Mount Dora, FL.
A memorial service will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday, July 2, 2010 at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 552 East 5th Ave., Mount Dora, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Camp Challenge, 31600 Camp Challenge Road, Sorrento, FL 32776.
Allen J. Harden Funeral Home
Date: 6/28/2010, 4:49 pm, EDT
Name: Shell Knox
Chuck Lynn is a true "Road Warrior". He did not only ride in the Hoka Hey Challenge for himself. He rode with concern for all of the other riders around him, also. I want the family to know how much appreciation was felt by a lot of people watching this challenge that did not know Chuck in person. His spirit transcends the physical boundaries. My condolences to his family during this time of sorrow and loss.
Date: 6/28/2010, 5:11 pm, EDT
I can only pray that Chuck's family find solace in knowing that Chuck was doing what he loved until the very end. Find comfort and strength thru each other & may almighty God embrace you all in his arms.
Ride the wind Brother.
Date: 6/28/2010, 8:22 pm, EDT
Name: Ingersoll Family
Rosie and family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We know that no words can ease the pain at this time, but know that we have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathies.
Sincerely John, Jody and Debby Ingersoll
Date: 6/28/2010, 9:19 pm, EDT
Name: Richard Matuska
I am very sorry for Chucks family and friends. I served with him in Korea 25 years ago will miss him greatly, Chuck was the type of person everybody enjoyed being around and looked up to. It was a pleasure to call him my "friend". My condolences.
Date: 6/28/2010, 9:25 pm, EDT
Name: Lisa Stegman Slavick
Rocio, Ronnie, Bessie, Cathy and extended family....
I am so very sorry to hear about Chuck and you have my deepest sympathy. Chuck was a good man and a dear friend for many years. Growing up as teenagers ... Chuck, Jeff, Mark, Sharla and I had many laughs together and fun times. I didn't get to see him but once in our 'adult years' but we kept in touch via occasional emails and most recently Facebook. Not many people can say they have true blue friends but I was blessed in life to have Chuck, Jeff and Sharla. One thing that I know for sure...he loved his Rocio with all his heart, his family meant the world to him and he loved to ride! My last email from him was to thank me for supporting the Easter Seals on his behalf and his ride in honor of his Uncle. I will treasure the shirt that Rocio made for his trip as I appreciated him sending me one.
May God Bless you all during this extremely difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always.
Mrs. Lisa Stegman Slavick, Hampton, Virginia
Date: 6/28/2010, 9:46 pm, EDT
Name: Toni Schultz
My heart goes out to all of Chuck's family. I will pause for a moment of silence in Chuck's memory on Friday at 10AM.
As a previous signer indicated we've read great stories about Chuck and his concern for others on The Hoka Hey site. It's not much solace now but how many people will be able to say "they died doing what they loved"?
Date: 6/28/2010, 9:46 pm, EDT
Name: Jim Burns
Dear Lynn family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I never knew Chuck but have shared the experience of being a USAF helicopter Mechanic & Flight Engineer and offer my appreciation for his sacrifice and the sacrifice of the Lynn family in the service of our country. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. My prayers are that the memories of the life you shared with Chuck will comfort you now and in the future.
Jim Burns SMSgt. USAF (retired) Navarre, Florida USAF RotorHeads www.rotorheadsrus.us