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November 30, 2019
Chuck was the first and only Father in Law I have ever had. Loved you always. I will remember you forever.
November 30, 2019
Chuck was the first and only Father I have ever had. I will miss you always.

AKA Judi Walker
November 29, 2019
I met dear Chuck late in January, 1977 just as he and Pat were moving into their new house in Gresham. I, as their new next door neighbor, moved in the following week. Initially we spent hours talking outside about each of our plans and ideas for developing front and backyards, patios, planting trees and flowers.

I learned early on that not only did Chuck have one green gardening thumb, but each thumb and all of his fingers glowed that bright gardening green color as well. He tutored me in many aspects of plant selection and planting, soil additives, drainage, grafting, bush and tree trimming, deadheading flowers to encourage new growth, and resolving outside pest problems as well. On one occasion he said that he would be over the next morning to show me how to prune 3 mugo pines in my backyard that were getting out of hand after a several years of being ignored. His morning started earlier than mine, and by the time I got to my backyard he was 75% done pruning all 3 of the mugos. I think he forgot that he was going to show me. But, he managed to save an uncut area in one mugo to formally train me. I managed to earn one little green finger that day no match yet to the 10 green fingered neighbor.

Care of Roses and Blueberries? Oh, Chuck shared his skill and knowledge of pruning with me until I could prove to him that I could do it correctly - his way No side branches growing back inwards into the lower portion of the plant or touching other existing branches. Purchase a container of Lady Bugs to eat the aphids rather than using spay, disburse them just as night is falling so they will stay there over night and eat there the next several days.

For several years Chuck always kept me safe from buying and receiving old / rotted wood to burn in my fireplace. When he heard the delivery truck stopping out front filled with wood to be dumped on my driveway, he would be out there talking to the delivery man and physically inspecting the wood to make sure that it was of good quality, and that the price paid matched the amount of wood delivered. What a neighbor and friend

One summer evening Chuck asked Roy if he was in the dog house with his wife (me), asking why my wedding dress and veil were spread over many backyard rhododendrons. Roy laughed and told Chuck that he and I had covered many rhododendrons planted in the direct sun with old sheets trying to prevent them from burning during an especially hot string of several days where temperatures were forecasted to be well over 100 degrees.


Another time Chuck wanted to dispose of a plant in his font yard that had grown too big for its current placement. He kindly offered it to Roy and I. Roy and Chuck dug up the 250 pound root ball of a mature lace leaf maple in the morning, and placed it on a 4 x 8 piece of plywood. Both Roy and I spent the rest of the hot afternoon dragging the plant on the plywood over round lengths of wooden dowels from Chucks and Pat's northwest front lawn, across both of our driveways, to our house, pulling it up hill across our lawn to its new planting location. We continued late that afternoon through the evening digging a massive planting hole and preparing the soil. Chuck came over several times to check on our progress, and laugh with us regarding the project activities. He said that he was glad to have help in removing it, and we were very happy to receive a mature lace leave maple. That day we name the plant Chuck and it has doubled since then over the past 30 years. And yes, he taught me how to prune it too.

Chuck was always a thinking man when it came to house repairs -- he could, and did fix any and all problems. Sometime about 2010, Chuck was having difficulty with his garage doors closing completely. He would push the remote button to close, and both doors stopped about 3 feet above the garage floor. After a few days of this, he resolved the problem with a quick temporary fix by attaching to each of the two doors, two 1 gallon plastic milk jugs filled with water adding extra weight to the doors, and it worked pulling the doors down to the ground when closed, making the garage secure again. A few days later both Chuck and Roy had a great time laughing together while they made adjustments to the overhead door brackets, and removed installed wiring of the quick fix. They both loved to work, share, laugh together, and at each other.

Roy and I were guests at Chuck's and Pat's 50th Wedding Anniversary at the Benson, an event that was overflowing with love of family, and the comfort of close life long friends. It was a delight to see Chuck dancing with Pat the love of his life, and sharing their memories and stories with everyone on that special evening together.

Reading stacks of original newspaper clippings and military documentation that Pat and Chuck have saved regarding his active duty assignments in WWII as a Merchant Marine was a historical adventure for me that enhanced my understanding and awareness of the sacrifices that our military personnel have made for all of us. Being away from home, on military ships in combat zones, not knowing if one would return from the war to be with family must be very difficult for all, then as it is now. Veterans, especially Chuck, a Veteran of Foreign War, is a person that we are proud to have known and have called him our friend.

Our memories of Chuck are filled with smiles, and an inner feeling of being so thankful that he was our dear next door neighbor for 42 years. He is greatly missed.
November 28, 2019
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