Charles "Burton" Bliss, 93, died January 4, 2011, at Regency at The Park. Family and friends may pay their respects from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2011, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Sunday, January 16, 2011, at the College Place Village Seventh-day Adventist Church. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery with Pastor John Bradshaw officiating.
Burton was born July 29, 1917, in Milton, Oregon to Charles Alfred & Delia (Samuel) Bliss. He attended Milton Church School, Yakima Valley Academy and graduated from Walla Walla College Academy at the age of 16, after which he attended Walla Walla College. Burton married Marjorie Smith on September 5, 1937, in Selah, Washington, where her family lived.
Over the years, Burton practiced many trades. He began by driving long haul hay trucks early in life and was a carpenter for both Harris Box Factory and Harris Pine Mills. More than anything he wanted to learn to fly airplanes. After his flight training he was inducted into the Army Air Corps as a flying instructor in Blythe, California. After the war, he worked as a dry land wheat farmer on a place they bought next to his father-in-law in Eureka, Washington. He owned a State Farm insurance agency in Milton-Freewater, then later flew and taught flying of float planes in Alaska. He owned a PBY firefighting airplane in California. He was involved in the construction and administration of nursing homes and then was a real estate associate broker before he retired in 1985.
Burton and Marjorie traveled to wherever their children and grandchildren were living at the time, from Arizona, to California, Kansas, Ohio, Georgia, and Florida. He was a photographer, builder, mechanic and ham radio operator. He loved his family and was very involved in their lives.
He was a long time member of the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church and enjoyed attending until recently. He then appreciated watching the church services on Blue Mountain Television as well as other Hope Channel programs. Later he enjoyed the musical groups that came to Regency at The Park each Sabbath morning.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Corine and Darl Wallace of College Place, Washington and Carolyn and Max Seltmann of Topeka, Kansas; two brothers and sisters-in law, Bern and Dorothy Bliss of Milton-Freewater, Oregon and Bob and Delores Bliss of Cave Creek, Arizona; eight grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; a sister, Bernita Wild and a nephew, Clay Bliss.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Television or Gospel Outreach through the funeral home.
Friends and family may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com