Charles Edward Van Kirk

03/15/1929 — 05/10/2011

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Belle Foursche, SD

Charles Edward Van Kirk

Charles E. Van Kirk:

Charles “Chuck” was born on March 15th 1929 on a farm near Belle Foursche, South Dakota. He passed away on May 10, 2011. When he was young the family moved to Billings, Montana. In 1946 he joined the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1959, he established a business in the San Francisco Bay area, supplying appliances to builders of new construction throughout California. Charles began building his retirement home in Grass Valley, California in 1992. He was a member of the Grass Valley Methodist Church as well as the Elks and Masons. He came to live in Richland in January, 2009.

Charles is survived by his two daughters: Linda Porter of Pasco, Washington, Georgia Earley of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, two sisters: Ella Halverson of Milltown, Montana, Gladine Dracon, of Littleton, Colorado, and one brother, Bill Van Kirk, of Apple Valley, California, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Henry and Emma Schultz Van Kirk, and two sisters, Lillian Kimmer and Dorothy Lowe.

Family was important to Charles as shown by the multitude of photographs displayed throughout his home. He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor, especially in the telling of countless jokes. He enjoyed people and was always interested in another’s life story. His love of reading led him to establish the library at Riverton Retirement and Assisted Living, where he lived the last two years of his life.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 16th, at 11:00 am at Pasco Christian Church, 1524 West Marie, Pasco. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Hospice at the Chaplaincy, 2108 W. Entiat, Kennewick, WA 99336.

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  • We will miss your smile and Hannah will miss seeing you too..It was a blessing to get to know you.God bless you…..See you later our friend

    The Marron family
    November 4, 2014
    kennewick, WA, US
  • So sorry to learn of Chuck’s passing. We were part of his past, but none the less thought of him often. May God give you peace in your sorrow.

    Jerry & Judy Morgan
    November 4, 2014
    San, Tan, Valley, AZ, US
  • Meeting Chuck when I worked at Riverton was such a blessing. He always brought a smile to our faces and we loved hearing all of his funny jokes. My children were also touched by his warm and caring nature. We all enjoyed going to church with him and Gwen at West Highlands. He will be dearly missed.

    Stacy Maul
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
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