In Loving Memory of Charlie Senseney


It is with sadness that we share the news that Charles (Charlie) Clinton Senseney, husband of Past Grand Archon Chris Senseney, passed away peacefully at home in Las Vegas, Nevada, of a non-COVID illness on January 28, 2021, at the age of 89. Charles was a graduate of Westminster (MD) High School, and served four years in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1954. In 1955, he entered the Maryland State Police Academy and spent four years as a state trooper. Charlie later studied photography for two years at San Diego State College, then worked as a photographer before becoming sheriff of Howard County, Maryland, from 1970 to 1974. Eventually, Charles became the Rangemaster and Principal Firearms Instructor at the Burlington County (NJ) Police Academy, where he served for ten years before retiring. During that time, Charlie met Chris, and in 1984, he began a new career as a “house husband” after marrying Chris, who had become an FBI agent. Together they moved around the country, with assignments in Buffalo, NY; Monterey, CA; New York City and finally Las Vegas, Nevada. When Chris retired in 2003, they remained in Las Vegas. Charlie was good at shooting guns and shooting pool. In 1972, he won first place in the Palm Springs, CA, National Sheriffs' Association conference pistol competition over sheriffs from all over the country. Charlie and Chris also competed in pistol, pool and poker competitions in the Nevada Police Olympics and Nevada Senior Olympics. Phi Sigma Sigma recognized this unique couple in 1990 at our Convention. Chris received her first Sisterhood Award (she also won in 2005 and 2007). And Charlie was inducted as a SHMOO (Suffering Husband Martyred on Occasion). Charlie was a great supporter of Chris and of Phi Sigma Sigma, and he will be greatly missed. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship is being established with the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation in honor of both Charlie and Chris Senseney. The fund will focus on criminal justice, given that law and law enforcement were close to both their hearts. Donations can be made to the Senseney Scholarship either online or by mail.


If you are making a donation online, please select "Scholarship" under designated fund and include "Senseney Scholarship" in the comments field. If you are making a donation by check, please include "Senseney Scholarship" in the memo and mail the check to the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation:


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