Charles Chuck Arvid Westlund

12/13/1933 — 07/05/2006

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Charles Chuck Arvid Westlund

Charles Arvid Westlund Chuck, 72, of Richland, WA died Wednesday, July 5, 2006, at his home.  He was born December 13, 1933 in Minneapolis, MN. His parents and the family moved from Minneapolis to Park Rapids, MN when Chuck was 7 years old.  He graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1952.

In 1953, his parents moved to Colorado Springs, CO.  Chuck entered the Army in the fall of 1954, serving 2 years in Zweibrucken, Germany in the Medical Corps.  Chuck and Barbara were married December 27, 1959.  They eventually had two daughters and a son.  He took over his dad’s jewelry store in Colorado Springs and eventually owned two jewelry stores in Colorado Springs.  He later moved to California where he taught jewelry repair at the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, CA and had also worked in the missile and nuclear industries.  He and his family moved from CA to Richland in 1981.

Mr. Westlund was an environmental instructor at Hanford and retired from Westinghouse Hanford in 1995.

He was a member of Richland Lutheran Church.  He was the Optimist International Club President 1970 to 1971 Colorado Springs, CO and Optimist International Lt. Governor for Colorado-Wyoming District 1971 to 1972.  He was Kiwanis Tri-Cities Industry Club Rookie of the Year 1990-1991.  He received the Paul Allen Hospice Volunteer Award in 1996 and the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Meritorious Service Award in 1999.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Barbara B. Westlund; daughter, Sonja Drake Darrin, granddaughters, DeAnna and Heather Drake; son, Derek Westlund Kelly, grandchildren, Nathan, Kyle and Kira Westlund; daughter, Heidi  Dagle Jeff; sisters, June Jorgenson of Bigfork, MT, Harriet Green Solon of Park Rapids, MN, and Betty Jorgenson of Woodland Park, CO; brother, Richard L. Westlund Mary Lou of Colorado Springs, CO; and numerous aunts, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arvid L. and Mabel C. Olson Westlund.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. July 11, 2006, at Richland Lutheran Church.

Memorial contributions may be made in Chuck’s memory to Richland Lutheran Church, 901 Van Giesen, Richland, WA 99354 or Tri-Cities Chaplaincy and Hospice, 2108 W. Entiat Ave. Kennewick, WA 99336.

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  • To the family of Chuch Westlund………

    I have you in my prayers in the loss of your husband, father, father-in-law. grandfather and brother. May God comfort each of you in His own special way.

    His life was a wonderful example as he gave to others in communities where he lived. It also made an impression on his children and grandchildren of the kind man he was.

    To me, he was not only the husband of a good friend, but my “jeweler of choice”. Many times he fixed my watch, ring and bracelet.

    We’ll miss him more than these words can say, but we know he no longer lives with pain.

    And Barb, you’re not alone, with your family and friends who love you. They are nearby to help out whenever you need us. God is also right by your side.

    Barbara Marsh
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, Washington,, Benton, United, States, of, America
  • To the family of Chuch Westlund………

    I have you in my prayers in the loss of your husband, father, father-in-law. grandfather and brother. May God comfort each of you in His own special way.

    His life was a wonderful example as he gave to others in communities where he lived. It also made an impression on his children and grandchildren of the kind man he was.

    To me, he was not only the husband of a good friend, but my “jeweler of choice”. Many times he fixed my watch, ring and bracelet.

    We’ll miss him more than these words can say, but we know he no longer lives with pain.

    And Barb, you’re not alone, with your family and friends who love you. They are nearby to help out whenever you need us. God is also right by your side.

    Barbara Marsh
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, Washington,, Benton, United, States, of, America
  • Enjoyed your good clean jokes and your friendship.

    Gerry Wicks
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Dear Barb and family,

    We are sad to be grieving for the loss of Chuck. Chuck was so kind, hospitable, fun, helpful, and the life of our parties. We were so glad that we could all be together at our various family events. Laura: I am especially glad I got to visit with Barb and Chuck this last April. One of the rings I wear every day–my mother’s ring–was designed by Chuck and was a gift from Greg. The only other piece of jewelry I wear every day is my wedding ring. We will miss having Chuck at family get-togethers, when his lively sense of humor could have us in stitches.

    Love, Greg, Laura, Jennifer, and Michelle

    Greg, Laura, Jennifer, and Michelle Silva
    November 4, 2014
    Dublin, OH, US
  • BARB AND FAMILY: OUR DEEPEST THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL AT THIS TIME. I KNOW CHUCK WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED. ONE OF THE FONDEST MEMORIES WAS WATCHING HIM REPAIR CRYSTAL. THE TIME, CARE, AND PATIENCE HE GAVE WAS REMARKABLE, AND THE OUTCOME..PERFECTION. YOUR FRIEND, BIRDIE

    GENE & BIRDIE TSCHANTZ
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • We became family when Heidi and Jeff married eleven years ago. We have had many wonderful and fun times with Chuck. We will miss his stories and reminiscences. We will miss his warmth and caring. We will just plain miss him very much. But we are so very grateful we knew him. Thank you Heidi and Jeff! And thank you Barb, Sonja, Darrin, DeAnna, Heather, Derek, Kelly, Nathan, Kyle, and Kira for being such good in-laws too. May God’s Blessings be with you.

    Jerry & Margaret Dagle
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US