Charles E. Sanford (1943 - 2014)

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Chuck was born in Juneau, Alaska, on September 16, 1943, the eldest son of Art and Evelyn Sanford (deceased). He passed away from multiple cancers the day before his 71st birthday, in Deary, Idaho.

He attended St. Ann's Catholic school in Juneau through the 8th grade; then attended Juneau High School until the age of 17, when he joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Ranger, an aircraft carrier.

Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Chuck worked in the dental field in Oregon, Washington and back in Juneau. He then began a lengthy career at Western Auto, hiring many young people and teaching them the ropes! During this time he also coached softball and baseball.

In l998, Chuck accepted a position managing the Northern Sales store in Mt. Vernon, Washington. In 2010, Chuck and his wife to be (Wendy) moved to Juneau where he worked for Don Abel and she for Key Bank. Due to medical concerns, they retired to Idaho a year later, purchased a small farm and thoroughly enjoyed caring for the animals. Chuck was well known for his beautiful landscaping and gardening.

Chuck is survived by his current wife, Wendy of Deary, stepsons Jason and Kevin Curtis, grandsons Robbie and Parker Curtis. His only child, Lexy, is in the United States Air Force stationed in South Carolina with her husband Mitch Hansen.

Other survivors include his brothers Merrill (Patti) and Ralph (Linda); sisters Loretta (Ben) Cuellar and Mary Ann Sanford. He is further survived by nephews Wesly (Kelly) and Robert (Suzanne) Sanford; David, Daniel (Sirena) and Thomas (Debora) Mayer, and Norman (Monica) Hales; nieces Sara Jane (Brandon) Camba, Roxanne Sanford, Daisy Menish, Rebecca Calvert, Susan (Don) Yerrick and Tracy (Edward) Barthold.

Chuck was preceded in death by nephews Blake, Nels and James Sanford-Locher.
Chuck's ashes will be intern at the Shrine of St. Therese next summer during a family gathering. No other services are planned at this time.

Chuck was deeply loved by his large family and many friends who are very thankful he no longer suffers. Anyone wishing to donate in Chuck's memory may do so to a hospice or cancer research program of their choice.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Oct. 21, 2014