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Charles Floyd Surber
May 14, 1942 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Charles Floyd Surber, born on May 14th, 1942, in San Antonio, Texas, left a lasting legacy as a remarkable individual who touched the lives of many. He was the second youngest of five children born to William Eric Surber and Beulah Lurah Surber. Charles grew up in a family of ranchers in the scenic hill country around Kerrville and Blanco, alongside his three brothers, Walter Sidny "Bud" Surber, William Gammon "Bill" Surber, Herbert Lawrence "Herb" Surber, and their sister Evelyn Beulah Hineline.
His journey began at the Turtle Creek school, a one-room schoolhouse in Kerrville, where he laid the foundation for a life filled with passion, adventure, and dedication. Charles continued the family tradition of ranching until duty called, leading him to serve in the Army's 2nd Armored Division in 1964.
Upon his honorable discharge, Charles embarked on a new path in law enforcement. His dedication and commitment to duty propelled him to the position of Chief of Police in Blanco. It was during his time in law enforcement that he encountered the love of his life, Susan Dee Hansen. Their love story began with a traffic stop, and it was love at first sight. Charles and Susan celebrated 50 years of marriage, sharing their lives, dreams, and building a family together.
After leaving law enforcement, Charles and Susan ventured into various business endeavors, including ranching, real estate, and Charles's inventive pursuits. Charles was not only an accomplished rancher but also trained award-winning Arabian horses. His pioneering spirit led him to contribute to the field of agriculture through the development of Cryo insemination for crossbreeding cattle.
Charles's love for the Wild West manifested in his participation as a reenactor and as a proud member of the Marfa Bicentennial Gun Slingers. He even held up the bank in Marfa alongside notable figures like Sam Elliot and Richard Farnsworth. Charles was an avid black powder enthusiast, engaging in Mountain man rendezvous and long-range shooting competitions.
Known affectionately as the "human forklift" by his friends from work, Charles was more than just a colleague; he was a good friend, a loving and supportive husband, and a devoted father. His larger-than-life presence filled the hearts of those around him, leaving an indelible mark on everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Charles Floyd Surber leaves behind a tremendous void, but his memory will forever live on in the hearts of his beloved wife Susan, his son Clint (sp. Nicole), and three daughters Lesa (sp. Adam), Bonnie (sp. Patrick), and Valerie (sp. Adam). He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren: Huntley, Levi, Charlie, Gavin, Hunter, Dylan, Cody, Jessica, Rebecca, Chelsea, Brandon. 6 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In celebrating the life of Charles Floyd Surber, we honor a great man who will be greatly missed but never forgotten. May he rest in peace, have a great hunt Dad.