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Charles Hayden Cody

1950 - 2015

Our much loved and dear brother and friend to so many passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, November 20th. We are truly blessed and grateful to have had Chuck in our lives.

Chuck was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his siblings and their spouses: Carol (Ray) Ellis, Christine Cody (Charles Schwab), Cathleen (Jon) Lauer and Cynthia (Preston) Probasco, as well as nieces and nephews: Jennifer Ellis Kampani and family, Cathleen Ellis Stadecker and family, David Ellis, E. Chloe Lauer, Benjamin Lauer and family.

Chuck was born on April 26, 1950, in Geneva, Illinois, to Carter H Cody and Cecilia Key Cody. Carol and Christine welcomed this sweet addition to their home in Wheaton, Illinois. Chuck attended Holmes School, Franklin Junior High, Wheaton Academy for one year and graduated from Wheaton North High School before attending and graduating from Wheaton College.

During and briefly after college he worked at Crate & Barrel in Oak Brook, IL before moving to San Francisco where he made his home for 45 years. His first job here was managing the Embarcadero Center store of Design Research, staying to close that store when the company shut down. Stephen Young and Associates employed him for many years before he branched out to start Cody Collection, an import business with Dan Blackwelder. In 1998 he and Dan opened a retail discount store on Polk Street called One Half. Chuck quickly became a fun and friendly face to many local residents who are saddened at his passing.

After retiring from One Half Chuck said he awoke every morning thinking, "This is like summer vacation when I was a kid. I can do anything I want today." He got his first puppy, Charlie, and enjoyed walking around the city with him, meeting people who wanted to hold Charlie while telling Chuck about the dog they left at home.

Our brother was always cheerful and funny, warm and loving, opening his heart to anyone who needed it. He was a dependable friend and helped so many people in little and big ways. His sisters especially want to thank all his close friends who have shared their sadness at his passing. If he were here now he could make us laugh through our tears.

A private celebration of his life is being planned for mid-January.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, 2015
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