Charles Mead III
April 16, 1923 - Dec. 30, 2010
Charles Sumner Mead III, age 87 years, of Dayton, died Dec. 30, 2010, at the Booker Rest Home. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at Hubbard-Rogg Chapel with Pastor Mike Ferrians officiating. Private burial will be in the family plot in the
Dayton City Cemetery. Those who wish may contribute to the Patricia K. Hubbard Memorial Scholarship Fund, Alzheimer's Association or the charity of the donor's choice. For donor's convenience, contributions may be sent to the Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home 111 S. 2nd St., Dayton, WA 99328.
He was born April 6, 1923, in Sunnyside, Wash. His parents were Charles and Grace White Mead Jr. He came to Columbia County with his parents at the age of 4 years and attended local schools, riding horseback to and from the Whetstone country school and graduating from Dayton High School with the class of 1941. He attended Washington State University and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and Collegiate Knights. His education was interrupted when he was inducted into the Army during World War II. He served in the South Pacific and was a part of the invasion of Okinawa. Following his discharge he returned to Dayton and married Dorothy O'Neil on May 19, 1946, in a ceremony held in Dayton. They made their home at the ranch, between Smith Hollow and the Kellogg and included land of Marcel Pietrzycki's Lubla Farm Project. They farmed until 2004.
Chuck was involved with many community activities. He helped charter Fire District #1 and the Port of Columbia and served on its boards. A memorable event was driving the first fire truck from Spokane in early spring; the truck did not have a cab. His memberships
include the Columbia County Farm Bureau, Columbia County Grain Growers, Columbia County Cattlemen, Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Republican Central Committee, VFW, American Legion, Elks and Eagles. He was always involved with helping put on Dayton Days and was a past Parade Marshal. He was awarded twice the Cattleman of the Year, received the Conservation Farmer of the Year and the Washington State Wildlife Conservation Award. He was also a private pilot, and enjoyed fishing and developing wildlife habitat; however the ranch always came
first and he loved farming.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy at the home; three daughters and son-in-law, Margaret Mead, Kay Mead and Brad Anderson of Dayton, and Mary Mead of Berkeley, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law, Charles
and Julia Mead IV of Dayton; two grandsons, Charlie and his wife Whitney, and Marcus Mead. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Halfred Mead.