Charles François Khom, known to many as “Charlie,” passed away peacefully at home on October 17, 2019 at the age of 84. As a young boy, Charles worked with his brothers in the family’s typewriter repair company. Charles left home at the age of 18 and emigrated to the United States. He worked for a goldsmith in New Jersey and later joined the United Stated Air Force in February of 1956. In the Air Force, Charles spent time in Colombia, New Guinea, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, France, South Carolina, Germany, the United Kingdom, Thailand, and many other places across the world. Charles also received a bronze star for his heroic work during the Vietnam War. In 1979, Charles retired as a Master Sergeant. After retiring, he joined his in-law’s beekeeping business. He also spent 14 years working for two Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) in Germany. In 1998, Charles returned to the United States and moved to Berlin, Maryland. Charles was the owner and operator of Downtown Video in Berlin for almost 20 years. He also served as the President of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce in 2006.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mathilde “Louise” Khom, two brothers Walter (Monica) and Roger (Gertie), and two daughters; Joanne Marrufo and Evelyne (Richard) Tyndall. He is also survived by three grandchildren; Cynthia Marrufo, Zackery (Chelsea) Tyndall and Joshua (Samantha) Tyndall and one great-grandchild Charles Tyndall. He is proceeded in death by his parents Walter and Hedwig Khom and his brother Rudy.
Services will be private. The family would like to thank Coastal Hospice for the love and support during the last few days of Charles’ life. Donations in Charles’ memory may be made to the American Legion Post #123, 10111 Old Ocean City Boulevard, Berlin, Maryland, 21811.
Services are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation & Funeral Service, 504 Franklin Avenue, Berlin, MD 21811. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.easternshorecremation.com.