May 12, 1923 - Jan.11, 2011
Charles Duane Myers, longtime Walla Walla resident passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at Providence St. Mary's Medical Center.
Charles, or "Charlie," graduated from Bakersfield High School in Bakersfield, Mo., as did his longtime sweetheart and future bride, Josephine Hunter. Following high school he enlisted in and spent three years in the Navy. After an honorable discharge and committing to a lifelong marriage to Jo, he completed a course in diesel engineering.
Encouraged by a friend of more jobs in the Northwest, Charlie and Jo decided to move to Umatilla, Ore. On the bus trip west, they learned that Jo was expecting the first of their three sons, John.
Arriving in Umatilla, Charlie was employed by Tum-A-Lum Lumber Co. In 1950 he was promoted to assistant manager of the Ellensburg branch. While there the couple had their second son, Allan. He was then transferred to the Walla Walla branch as manager. In 1957, their third son Roger was born. Charlie worked for Tum-A-Lum for 37 years.
Many of Charlie's activities revolved around the couple's involvement in Pioneer United Methodist Church and their sons' participation in Scouting, Little League, Pony League, and school functions. Charlie held the office of league president of Little and Pony leagues. Charlie's involvement with Scouting took him on hundreds of hikes and camp outs. In 1965, he was awarded Father and Sons of the Year with his three sons. Between 1963 and 1971, Jo and Charlie were foster parents to eight children.
Charlie had been deeply involved in the Downtown Lions Club and was president of the club for a number of years. He served on the Blue Mountain Scouting Council, the Walla Walla Planning Commission and
numerous other community activities.
Since his retirement Charlie and Jo continued their church involvement and enjoyed gardening, travel and playing with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Charles is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jo; their sons, John (Margie) of Richland, Allan (Barbara) of Spokane and Roger (Janis) of Spokane; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Pioneer United Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch St. A family inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be to the Pioneer United Methodist Church building fund, Providence St. Mary's Cancer Center, or a charity of choice through Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.