Dr. Chuck Missler passed away at his home in Reporoa, New Zealand on May 1st. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, who lost a three year battle with cancer in November, 2015. Two of his four children, his sons Charles “Chip” and Mark Missler, had passed away before him. His family is continued by his two daughters, Lisa Bright and Meshell Missler, and eight grandchildren.
Chuck Missler was born in Illinois on May 28, 1934, but his parents soon moved to Southern California, where he was raised. He was a technical prodigy, becoming a ham radio operator by age nine, a pilot in his teens, and constructing an early computer in the family garage. He achieved high grades in school while pursuing his side technical interests and other activities such as intercollegiate chess and running in track competitions.
Dr. Missler received a Congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated with honors in 1956. He took his commission in the Air Force and worked his way up to be the Branch Chief of the Department of Guided Missiles at Lowry Air Force Base, with a rank of Captain.
He left the military in 1960, joining TRW Inc, an aerospace firm. From there he moved forward to a position as a senior analyst with Space Technology Laboratories, a non-profit think tank. His military experience helped him conduct projects for the intelligence community and Department of Defense while working there, and simultaneously he earned a master’s degree in engineering from UCLA.
His background and expertise caught the eye of upper management at Ford Motor Company, to which he was recruited in 1963. His engineering work earned him recognition from the Engineering Society of Detroit as the Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year in 1964.
He left Ford in 1969 to start his own company, Cyphernetics; it was an early attempt at a national computer network. That company was acquired by Automatic Data Processing and restructured as its Network Services Division.
In the 1970s, his lifelong interest in the Bible encouraged him to lead Bible study classes at the 30,000 member Calvary Chapel. He continued to pursue his interests in the Bible concurrently with his professional development.
From 1980 through 1985 he was the director for Datum, Inc which specialized in computer peripherals and cesium clocks that came to be used in Global Positioning Satellites. In 1984 he was the Chairman and CEO of Resdel Industries, Inc., a defense contractor which made radio receivers for P-3 Submarine Hunters. His companies were also integral in creating the first practical ferroelectric random access memory and worked with Northrup on the Stealth Bomber.
In 1989, an attempt to supply personal computers to Soviet Union schools as they were moving away from communism failed, rendering him and his family bankrupt. Rather than continue in the technical fields, his friend Hal Lindsay convinced him to pursue Bible instruction, using as a base the large following he’d developed from existing tapes of his 1970s work.
Dr. Missler and his wife founded Koinonia House, which was to be their passion until their passing. In 1992 an earthquake destroyed their home, precipitating a move of the ministry to Idaho.
More than 3,000 radio stations worldwide carry Chuck’s thirty minute 66/40 radio program as one of the only ad-free teaching segments on Christian radio.
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May he rest in eternal peace with our Lord Jesus the Christ.