June 3, 1928 – April 26, 2018
Charles Meinzer known to his family and friends as “Chuck” fell asleep in death (I Thessalonians 4:13) …on Thursday morning, April 26, 2018.
He was born on June 3, 1928 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and grew up in North Philadelphia, (Fankford) the second oldest of seven siblings; Pat, Warren, Lois, Nancy, Ronnie, Florie.
He served in the Navy on an LST in the South Pacific and was later assigned to Pearl Harbor, where he learned to be a boxer with the nickname “Mighty Mouse.”
Later he was reassigned to Astoria, OR to serve out his Navy career. There he met Vivian LaVerne Patson, they were married on November 17, 1948 and had their first daughter, Gail LaVerne (Lawnicki) from there they moved to Morton, WA where they had Raymond Charles Meinzer, Susan Jean (Thein) and Janet Ann (Shuler.)
In 1960, the shake mill Chuck was working for, moved to Forks. So he moved his family.
He worked at a mill south of Forks, he also logged for many years as a cutter and a bucker. After witnessing a fatal accident he quit logging, and started a janitorial business. He drove school bus for the Forks area and later, the phone company approached him to work in the warehouse, which he retired from.
But, his greatest love was teaching his friends and family the beautiful hope in the Bible, answering such questions as “Can the dead live again?” (Acts 24:15) “How do you view the future? (Rev. 21:3,4) “Will suffering ever end?” (Psalms 37:9-11, 29) and his favorite”What is God’s name?” (Ps 83:18)
He is survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who lovingly refer to him as “Gramps.”
We especially want to thank the wonderful nursing staff at the Forks Community Hospital, for their loving support and care, and especially Dr. Dickson, whom dad loved and respected.
May all you know how much Chuck loved his family and neighbors. On May 19, 2018 at 2 p.m., we will gather at the Forks Kingdom Hall, on Fern St., to remember our father, and to hear a short talk on the Bibles promise of seeing those we love again. (John 11:23-25)
We invite all in our community to attend and come to a reception following at the Rainforest Arts Center located on main Street and Division.