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Charles D. "Charlie" Fender, 74, a resident of Mount Vernon, Washington, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2012 at Skagit Valley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Charlie was born on April 22, 1938 in Hoxie, Arkansas, the son of Charles & Notra (Long) Fender. The family later moved to Duncanville, Texas where he was raised and attended school, graduating from Duncanville High School with the class of 1956. He then attended college for a while until enlisting into the U.S. Air Force.

After the service Charlie worked for the Firestone Tire Company in Dallas, Texas for several years, transferring to a store in Spokane in the late 1960's where he worked as a department manager until his retirement in the early 1990's.

He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Vanderschel in Mount Vernon on December 5, 1992 and after her retirement they traveled the country extensively in their motorhome, spending winters in Arizona and summers in Mount Vernon.

Charlie was very computer savvy, building and maintaining web pages, working on computers and teaching computer classes. He also enjoyed a good old western movie and being around his friends and family. He loved his children and grandchildren and was devoted to all of them. Everyone says he was still a kid at heart.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, at the family home in Mount Vernon; his children, Julie Shepard-Hall (Kevin), David Fender (Susan) and Michael Fender all of Spokane, WA; his step-children, Jowana Hickman (Bill) of Mount Vernon, WA, Doug Scribner (Cheryl) of Spokane, WA and Kathy Gilmore-Klier (John) of Mill Creek, WA; his beloved grandchildren, Erica, Shane, Jacob, Megan, Ashley, Ryan, Cody, Allie & Karli; great-grandchildren, Taija, Chelsea, Tenlee, Wyatt & Chloe; his brother, Daniel Fender (Geneva); a sister-in-law, Nelda Fender, several nieces, nephews and cousins and his loyal companion, Taffy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Rodney Fender.

Per his request there will be no services. The family request that memorials be made to the Mount Vernon YMCA in memory of Charlie.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Charlie and sign the online guest register at
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