Clarence L. "Chuck" Rarrick, 79, passed away March 11, 2013, in Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Ore., of natural causes with his family at his side.
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He was born to Walter and Velma (Jones) Rarrick in Olive Branch, Ill., Sept. 6, 1933.
He joined the Army in 1949. He was wounded in Korea and awarded the Purple Heart. Chuck married Gloria Munis March 5, 1953, in Peoria, Ill. In 1956, he left the Army and joined the Air Force. He had 20 years of combined military service.
After retiring from the Air Force Security Police, Chuck went to work for Klamath County, first as a deputy sheriff, then as an investigator for the district attorney's office and finally as part of the Klamath County Interagency Drug Team. One of his best friends was his drug-sniffing German shepherd "Clay."
Chuck and Gloria raised five children and his military career took their family all over the United States. They lived in The Azores, Portugal, for two years. After he retired, Chuck and Gloria moved to the Oregon Coast for a time. All of their children loved visiting them in Charleston, Ore., and going crabbing with them.
Chuck loved traveling in the family motor home and meeting his brother and sister-in-law Walt and Moscelyn at the Snake River to camp.
He was a member of the Lions Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He and his wife bowled twice a week and had many dear friends from the bowling leagues.
Survivors include his wife Gloria. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year, on March 5. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Walt and Moscelyn Rarrick of Springfield, Mo.; his daughters Debbie Vetter (Andy), Patti Mankinen (Steve), and Pam Munis; sons Chuck Rarrick (Rhonda) and Steve Rarrick; grandchildren Brian and Noel, Tammy and Seth, Jennifer, Kelli, Kelsey, Brittney, Amy and Demis, Timmy and Heather, Dusty, Travis, Cody, Christina, Christopher, Zachary, Cassie and Gilbert, and Mariah; 21 great-grandchildren; nephews Neil Hannigan and his wife Christy and Mark Hannigan and his wife Kerrie; and numerous other nephews and nieces. Phil Wilkinson, Jesse Haskins, Vic Downer, Dale Mullica, and Uylis Stapleton were just a few of his friends Chuck is leaving behind.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
At his request, he will be cremated. He did not want any services so his family will have a family barbecue to celebrate his life. He was very loved and respected by his family and friends and made a positive difference in the lives of many.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to any veterans organization or youth baseball or bowling league.
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Published in Herald And News on Mar. 17, 2013