Charles Ralph Nuss, age 83 died January 31, 2014 at 2:10 p.m. in the comfort of his log cabin home in Bothell, WA with family and friends. Charlie was one of kind. Born December 18, 1930 in Kingston, Pennsylvania to the late Charles and Naomi Nuss – He grew up in rural Pennsylvania with his sights set on adventure and exploring the world. He would often tell the story of how at age 14, he and his cousin Alden traveled 400 miles along the eastern coast together on their single speed bikes visiting relatives and friends. With a desire to serve his country, Charlie graduated from Kings Point Military Academy in 1952 and entered the Korean War aboard the USS Polk County (LST 1084). Upon discharge Charlie was on his way to a career in power plant operations. His work took him to the heartland of the USA in Louisiana, Missouri where he worked at the Hercules plant and married Lois Mae Bland. Together Charlie and Lois raised three children: Mark, Dan and Russell. The Nuss Family eventually made their way to Seattle, WA where Charlie was offered a position at the Physical Power Plant for the University of Washington. With a desire for gardening and a little bit more of the rural life Charles and Lois with their children moved to Bothell in 1973 where they raised horses and gardened in the warm summer months. Charlie was dedicated to the University and did not consider his position as a "job" but an investment in people that could make the world a better place; he retired in 1996. Charlie was very independent and self sufficient until his last breath! He will be missed by his friends and family. A memorial service is scheduled for February 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. - Cedar Park Church – Chapel of the Resurrection Funeral Home, 16300 – 112th Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Feb. 22, 2014