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Charles Soule(1917 - 2013)

Charles C. Soule

November 25, 1917 - November 22, 2013

Charles C. Soule, successful logger, propane gas business operator, and motel owner, loving husband, father, family mentor, world traveler, and possible super hero, passed away Friday November 22, 2013.

Charles' vibrant life of 95 years started in Raymond, Washington, with his mom, Edith E. Cady (deceased) his dad, Charles A. Soule (deceased), and 3 siblings, where he grew up and eventually started in the logging business. The business flourished with such accomplishments as supplying the 1939 San Francisco World's Fair with massive log timbers for display. He continued logging in Washington until World War II ensued. A lively wager with a local military officer had Charles, well-known for comical antics, headed to enlist to avoid loss of a wager and a draft notice to be summoned by the officer. Charles was immediately enlisted as an officer in the Air Force where he served as a jet fuel transportation specialist and was awarded a Good Conduct Medal and WWII Victory Medal.

After WWII, his love of the logging industry continued in Northern California where he helped construct one of the largest saw mills on the west coast in Fortuna, California. Later he would move his efforts to the propane gas industry also in Northern California which blossomed over the next 10 year period. The next chapter of his life took him to Salem, Oregon, where he and his wife of 40 years, Juanita (Keizer, Or.), purchased a local motel, of which, won many awards for excellence thereafter and a segway into retirement life.

He and Juanita traveled around the United States and abroad for many years, sometimes with family and other times with close friends. Whether by car, RV, airplane, or cruise ship, there rarely was a dull moment.

His love of wood continued into retirement as well. The luster of a beautiful piece of wood was too much for him to pass up. He was an avid woodworker who enjoyed creating clocks and tables from interesting species of woods he collected.

He taught his children kindness, respect, and the value of hard work in his own quiet, subtle way. Throughout his life he offered his wisdom, support, and advice to many family members. Rarely a harsh word, but always sound direction you could take to the bank. Whether or not one wanted to hear the facts or not, his heart was always in the right place.

Charles loved to grow and enjoy vegetables. Just ask any of his children. His daughters, Charlene Wright (Frank, Mesa, AZ.), Sherry West (Don, Amity, Or.), Luann Dahl (Roger, Silverton, Or.), Linda King (deceased) (Duane, Proberta, Ca.), or his son, Joseph Goulette (Jani, Litchfield Park, AZ.) can all tell you the importance of eating your vegetables. You might have found him in the back yard hovering over his prize tomato plants or sizing up the squash surely destined for the dinner table. One thing was for certain, they would be having someone's harvest with dinner, welcomed or not. Charlie is survived by his wife Juanita, four children and 25 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Nothing made him happier than sharing Juanita's fresh made deserts with family and friends. Get -togethers and family celebrations were always enjoyable sharing stories of the past. If, by chance, strawberry ice cream was near, everyone needed to stand clear.

If you knew Charles well and you asked how he was doing you were sure to get the same old grin and light-hearted reply every time…"everybody I can and the good one's twice". That was his way of saying "I'm listening, learning, and putting the good advice to work".

Services will be held at the Willamette Lutheran Chapel on December 7, 2013, at 2pm. A reception will follow at the Willamette Lutheran Home recreation room on the lower level.

Memorial gifts can be made to Willamette Lutheran Retirement Center, Willamette Valley Hospice, or Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Arrangements in care of Keizer Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services.




Published in StatesmanJournal on Dec. 3, 2013
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