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September 8, 1925 - March 14, 2014

KEIZER - Charles died on Friday, March 14th. He was born on Sept. 8, 1925, in Vinco, Oklahoma the son of Ivan and Nellie Knox. Charles married Crystal Wayland on Dec. 23, 1947, in Pasco, Washington. Charles was a pastor to the following churches: Falls City, Lebanon, Colfax, Heppner, Dallas and McMinnville. Charles worked as an apprentice at Scott Funeral Home in McMinnville. For many years, he worked at Howell Edward Doerksen Funeral Home in Salem. Charles estimated he had officiated at many weddings and funerals in his time as a pastor. Charles had been a member of the Colfax Grange, served as Scout Master in Colfax, Heppner Masonic Lodge, the first juvenile counselor of Morrow County, an honorary member of the Dallas Rotary as well as an intake counselor for Polk County Juvenile Department. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, boating and rock hounding. Charles helped teach many young people how to water ski as part of youth group activities through the years. He really enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Charles is survived by his wife of 66 years, Crystal, daughter, Charlaine, daughter-in-law, Deanna Knox, 3 grandchildren, Jenifer Thorsted-Lowen, Brandon (Robyn) Knox, and Evan (Ashley) Knox, 2 great grandchildren Mathew and Kadin, sister, Jean Kirk, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death, by his parents, 8 siblings and his sons, Baby Boy Knox in 1953 and Chuck Knox who died July 20, 2012.

A Celebration of Charles' Life will be on Tuesday, April 1st at 1:00 p.m. in the Salem First Christian Church, 685 Marion St. NE, Salem, Oregon. Interment will be in Dallas Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation OHSU, Portland, or Northwest Christian University in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center who is caring for the family. To leave an online condolence for the family go to

Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 30, 2014
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