Charles Everett Bohannon
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Charles Everett Bohannon was born 95 years ago in Idaho, the eldest of six children.
From age 6 through high school, he lived in Grants Pass, Ore. After graduation from high school during the Great Depression, he traveled the West Coast and did a variety of jobs, including dishwasher, short order cook, railroad construction, logging at Tionesta, Calif., and repairing farm equipment.
After joining the Navy, he graduated from the Navy Hospital Corps School in San Diego, Calif., and was assigned to a commando unit and sent to Idaho for combat training. Prior to shipping out for South Pacific duty, he married Leonora Garrett of Klamath Falls. He saw action in the New Britain and New Guinea campaigns and was assigned on extended duty aboard the USS Whippoorwill as the sole medical corpsman, where he received his nickname "Doc."
Upon discharge at the end of World War II, he attended business school in Portland, Ore., and returned to Klamath Falls, where he worked successively as a bookkeeper and accountant for California-Oregon Power Co. (COPCO), Pacific Power and Light (PP&L), Klamath Brick and Tile, and Glass Mountain Block Co.
A lifelong outdoorsman, in retirement he enjoyed fishing and rock hounding, as well as both ballroom and square dancing. At about age 85, he took up woodcarving as well.
Everett was treasurer for the Klamath Basin Senior Citizens' Center for several years and a life member of the Masons, Elks, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his sister Rhea Hutchens of Fresno, Calif.; brother Loye of Camarillo, Calif.; daughter Nancy Clayton of Bakersfield, Calif.; son Dr. Wayne Bohannon of Baltimore, Md.; two granddaughters; two grandsons; and one great-grandson.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Klamath Memorial Park. Ward's Klamath Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements and viewing.
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Ward's Klamath Funeral Home
1945 Main Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Published in Herald And News on Dec. 18, 2013