Charles Raymond Smith
March 17, 1939 - May 5, 2021
Pasco, Washington - Charles R. (Chuck) Smith passed away on May 5, 2021 at the Tri-City Chaplaincy Hospice House and now rests safely in the arms of Jesus. He was born on March 17, 1939 in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington at his grandmother's homestead to Guy and Merriell Smith. The family moved for a short period of time to Alaska because of Chuck's dad's employment and then moved again to the small town of Winchester, Idaho. It was in Winchester that Chuck spent his grade school days and in his leisure time, he fished at the local lake playing the role of "Huck Finn" including willow pole, grasshoppers for bait, and his constant dog companion, Shep. In 1952, the family moved to Pasco, Washington where Chuck started high school at Pasco High and graduated from there in 1957. During his high school years, he worked for Columbia Basin News bundling newspapers for distribution then as a scanagrapher printing photos. He worked two more years for the newspaper before enlisting in the Air Force in 1959. Chuck spent his Basic Training in San Antonio, Texas and then was transferred to the Orlando Air Force Base serving in the Material Air Transport Service, a photo picture operation. In July of 1962, Chuck married MaryAnn Raby and upon honorable discharge from the Air Force in April 1963, they moved to Pasco, Washington and lived a short time there with his parents, Guy and Merriell Smith. In 1964, they moved again this time back to Orlando, Florida where Mary Ann's parents lived, and Chuck went to work for Kane Furniture. He worked for them for eighteen years and during that time, Chuck and MaryAnn had two daughters, Dawn and Connie, and a son, Jeff. When MaryAnn's parents died, the Smith family moved back to Pasco in 1982 and were able to spend a few years with Chuck's parents before they died. The oldest daughter, Dawn, graduated from Orlando High School while Connie and Jeff attended and graduated from Pasco High School enjoying all that high school brings such as little league games, cheer leading, and friendships. Chuck was employed by Kennewick Furniture and after a few years went to work for the JC Penney furniture department from which he retired in 2001. In 1987, sorrow hit the family when Chuck's wife, MaryAnn, suddenly passed away in July from breast cancer complications, and shortly thereafter in 1990, daughter Connie passed away from a brain aneurysm. Recovering from these tragedies, Chuck found support by joining the Knights of Columbus #1620 in Pasco in 1986 and his continued involvement with his son Jeff's baseball career. In 1993, Chuck met and married his second wife, Karen, and they spent the next 28 years loving each other and sharing their Catholic faith and devotion to God. Sorrow again struck the family in 2009 when daughter Dawn succumbed to cancer after a lengthy and hard-fought battle. Again, God came to our rescue. Chuck volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank in Pasco for several years and continued his service for a total of 36 years with the Knights of Columbus as a Grand Knight twice, Faithful Navigator, District Deputy and a loyal and faithful member. Chuck was a true man of God that loved everyone he came in contact with and shared his love and hugs very generously. He knew no strangers as he considered them friends he had not yet met. His family and friends were truly blessed with his presence in their lives. Chuck is survived by his wife, Karen R. Smith; son Jeff (Jackie) Smith; step-daughter Kara (Jeff) Woodard; step-son Jason (Heather) Pfau; step-son Mark (Lisa) Pfau; 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Merriel Smith; first wife Mary Ann Smith; daughters Connie Smith and Dawn Doescher; brother David Smith; sisters Natalie Fowler, and Kathryn Spence.
A celebration of Chuck's life is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, 2021, 11:00 am, at St. Patrick's Church, 1320 W. Henry, Pasco, WA. Viewing will be held for the immediate family on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Bruce Lee Funeral Home, 2804 W. Lewis, Pasco, and public viewing from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, followed by a Vigil rosary at 6:00 pm.
In lieu of Flowers, memorial offerings may be made in his name to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, P. O. Box 4273, Pasco, WA 99302
Published in Tri-City Herald on May 9, 2021.