Nov. 19, 1958 — Dec. 6, 2013
Charles P. “Charlie” Good, 55, passed away Dec. 6, 2013, at the Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla of heart failure. He was surrounded by his entire family and many friends.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. at the Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge, 611 N. Main, Milton-Freewater. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Charlie Good to the Blue Mt. Babe Ruth Stadium Project or charity of choice in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Charlie was born on Nov. 19, 1958, in La Jolla, Calif. He came to Oregon in 1963 with his parents Denis and Mary Good. Charlie lived between Pendleton and Walla Walla until his family settled in August 1971 on Didion Lane in Milton-Freewater. He attended grade school in Pendleton and Walla Walla as well as Pleasant View School before graduating with the MacLoughlin High School class of 1977. After graduation, Charlie attended Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. He served in the United State Marine Corps Reserves from 1976 until 1979 before receiving an honorable (medical) discharge. Charlie received a degree from the Ford Foundation in leadership and community organization. He served on the Milton-Freewater city planning commission for many years. He co-owned Foundation Oil distributing in Athena for several years before going to work for the Umatilla County Road Department as an office manager.
On May 26, 1990, Charlie married Terrie Cato in Milton-Freewater. They have one son, Austin Good. Charlie had such love for the game baseball and softball, it led him to play, organize and coach both sports for most of his adult life. He coached Little League from 1999-2004, Wolf Pack basketball from 2004-2006 and Babe Ruth from 2005-2007. Charlie even had his own baseball team known as the “Wolf Pack” for a number of years. Charlie coached his son in baseball from T-ball through Little League and Babe Ruth, finishing with high school. After his son’s graduation from high school, Charlie’s passion for baseball had him donating time, coaching, and teaching JV and Varsity baseball at the high school for several more years. He always took the time to help any child, at any skill level, improve by providing positive encouragement, discipline and teaching sportsmanship.
Through Charlie’s love of the game, he personally helped many kids by paying their fees, providing needed equipment and meals, and transporting them to and from games. With Charlie’s support, many boys achieved a higher skill level in baseball, feelings of worthiness, and learned life lessons invaluable on and off the field. Charlie always had a baseball with him even at work. Charlie was also an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being in the mountains. Even with his health problems, Charlie kept working, giving his best, fighting the good fight until the end. He worked right up until the day before he passed away.
Charlie is survived by his parents, Denis and Mary Good of Milton-Freewater; wife, Terrie Good and son, Austin Good at home; sister, Denise (Fred) Leidenfrost; nephew, Kodi Leidenfrost; and niece, Victoria Young, all of Milton-Freewater; along with many other relatives and friends.
Those who wish, may make memorial contributions in memory of Charlie Good to the Blue Mt. Babe Ruth Stadium Project or charity of their choice in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862. To leave a condolence on-line visit: www.munsellerhodes.com.