Charles K. Veverka, Jr

09/25/1935 — 04/07/2013

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Lucas County, IA

Charles K. Veverka, Jr

Charles K. Veverka, Jr. passed away on April 7, 2013.

After a year-long battle with colon cancer, he died peacefully in his Richland home. Charles "Chuck" was born in Lucas County, Iowa on September 25, 1935, in his grandparent's home. His parents were Twila Norman Veverka and Charles Veverka, Sr. His early childhood years were spent in Iowa and Colorado. In 1945, he and his parents moved to Richland. He attended school at Marcus Whitman, Carmichael, and graduated from Columbia High School in 1954. After his marriage to Kathleen Lois Rice, they bought a house on Boulder Street, which is still the family home. While raising their three daughters, many friendships and memories were made in that little house!

Dad worked for General Electric during his early working years, then PNNL from 1967 until his retirement in 1995. Retirement gave Mom and Dad the opportunity to travel/cruise as a couple and with friends to Las Vegas, Alaska, Hawaii, Tennessee, and the Mediterranean. In 2008, Mom his wife of 47 years passed away from cancer. Dad lovingly cared for her throughout her battle. As a married couple, they taught us the true meaning of the vows taken on a wedding day.

Family memories include yearly trips to Ocean Shores Rod's Resort to go clam digging, fishing, camping, bowling, ping pong, volleyball/badminton in the backyard, Oregon Coast vacations, and many card and board games especially "Nertz". Bowling has been an important part of dad's life. There is no doubt that he will be deeply missed by his bowling friends.

Although Dad was a kind, humble man, he was very competitive. He hated to lose, even if he was playing "Horse" with one of his grandchildren. If it was a team sport, you always wanted to be on HIS team.

He taught his children and grandchildren lifelong lessons. These lessons include: how to quietly wait for the fish to take your bait and then set the hook, dig for clams in your shorts because you are going to get cold and wet anyway, play to win, if you can lend a hand – do it, sometimes silence is the best thing to say, and always double down when you have eleven. His final lesson was how to say good-bye with courage and acceptance.

Dad is survived by his three daughters: Christine "Christy" Glenn Wegner of Pasco, Kimberly Jed Berna of Kennewick, and Angela Tom Kenner of Lakeport, CA. He is survived by seven grandchildren: Justin Celeste Wegner, Kalie Miguel Velasquez, Kathleen "Kasey" Berna, Courtney Berna, Robert Loper, Madelyn Kenner, Eli Kenner, and great-granddaughters Alona and Alora Wegner.

He is also survived by his sister, Irene Schjeldrup of Arvada, CO, and her family, the family of his brother, Lyle Dyken, his brother-in-law Mike Donna Rice of Chesterfield, MO, and his family, and sister-in-law Patricia Mike Lamb of Vallejo, CA and her family.

Finally, dad is survived by Irene Johnson and her family. Irene and Dad replaced lonely moments with fun-filled memories.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen "Kathy". In addition, he was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Twila Veverka, his in-laws, Lawrence and Lola Rice, his brother, Lyle Dyken, and nieces, Sherry Hardee and Linda Detra.

Please join us in a celebration of Dad's life on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. This celebration will be held at the Elks Lodge in Kennewick, 15 South Colorado Street. Dress code is casual or Hawaiian. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dad's name to Hospice or your favorite charity.

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  • I guess I just didn’t realize how sick Chuck was. I am so sorry about his passing.Our family and Chuck and Kathy used to go on those crazy outings when all the kids were little. We had such great times and the kids still to this day,remember all the great times we all had.

    Lonna L. Fishback
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I just know Lyle was tickled pink to see his little brother. I heard about “little brother” many times — good things coming from big brother, Lyle, and big sister, Irene. God Bless Your Family

    Anna Mae
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, USA
  • Thank you for playing cribbage with me and loaning me tee shirts to sleep in so I could stay with your family on visits to Richland when I was young. Your house felt like a second home. I always felt welcome. Thank you for laughing. I will miss you.

    Mac Rice family
    November 4, 2014
    Bettendorf, IA, USA
  • I guess I just didn’t realize how sick Chuck was. I am so sorry about his passing.Our family and Chuck and Kathy used to go on those crazy outings when all the kids were little. We had such great times and the kids still to this day,remember all the great times we all had.

    Lonna L. Fishback
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I just know Lyle was tickled pink to see his little brother. I heard about “little brother” many times — good things coming from big brother, Lyle, and big sister, Irene. God Bless Your Family

    Anna Mae
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, USA
  • Thank you for playing cribbage with me and loaning me tee shirts to sleep in so I could stay with your family on visits to Richland when I was young. Your house felt like a second home. I always felt welcome. Thank you for laughing. I will miss you.

    Mac Rice family
    November 4, 2014
    Bettendorf, IA, USA