Daniel Spencer Charles Sr., 64 years of age and a longtime Queets, Washington-area resident, died on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington.
He was born on March 16, 1949, in Aberdeen to Harold Leslie and Leta Rose (Williams) Charles. He was an enrolled member of the Quinault Indian Nation.
He attended the Queets-Clearwater School District and then graduated from Lake Quinault High School. He served with the U.S. Army in Japan and Vietnam.
He was married to Janice Jackson in LaPush. They were later divorced.
Daniel worked as a fisherman and attended Bates Technical College in Tacoma for a year.
He was active in the Shaker Church. His travels took him throughout the state of Washington and Arizona. He liked visiting the area casinos and playing bingo.
Daniel S. Charles Sr. is survived by his mother, Leta R. Shale of Queets; his son, Daniel S. Charles Jr. of Aberdeen; his daughter, Simone Samson of Aberdeen; his brothers, Paul Charles of Queets, Terry Shale of Queets and Steve Shale of Aberdeen; his half-brothers, Jerry Charles of Aberdeen and Harold Charles Jr. of La Push; his sisters, Florene Bergstrom of Aberdeen, Helen Shale of Queets, Leta Shale Jr. of Queets and Carolann Pickett of Moclips; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.
A candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the Coleman Mortuary Chapel in Hoquiam.
An Indian Shaker funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam. Pearl Buck will officiate at the services. The active pallbearers will be Ron Obi Sr., Pete Kalama Sr., Jeff Kalama Sr., Frank Sansom, Steve Sansom and Michael Kawoosh.
Concluding services with vault interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, 801 Sunset Drive in Hoquiam, with a dinner to follow in Queets.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 Fifth Street in Hoquiam.
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