Charles Chuck Vincent Williams, 89, beloved father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on November 20, 2011.
Chuck was born to Harry and Ethel Williams on February 18, 1922, at his family’s home located at the mouth of the Klamath River. From the beginning, Chuck developed a passion for the outdoors and spent his early years helping on his family’s ranch. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping and spending time with his family and friends.
He attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse in Klamath. At Del Norte High School, Chuck was a three-sport athlete who excelled at math. After graduating in 1939, Chuck then attended the Sherman Institute in Riverside, Calif., where he studied welding, which led to a position as a welder building ships for the California Ship Building Corporation in Los Angeles.
In 1942, Chuck enlisted in the Army Air Corp. After basic training, he was accepted into the aviation program, completed flight school and studied as a student officer at Montana State University. He proceeded to become a flight instructor and test pilot serving at various bases in Texas and Arizona.
After the war, Chuck returned to his cherished home in Klamath where he worked as a logger and spent his spare time as a fishing guide at Dad’s Camp, his family’s business. Shortly thereafter, matchmaking friends set up a canasta card party where he met the love of his life, Pat. They were married for 60 years and were parted by her passing in April 2011. Chuck was a commercial fisherman for 50 years and took great pride in his profession. He was an elder of the Yurok Tribe.
Chuck was a devoted husband and father. He and Pat raised four children in a warm and loving home, where the door was always open to friends of all ages. Their home was a center of hospitality where countless crab feeds, card games, storytelling and traditions old and new were celebrated. If Chuck wasn’t at home, he could usually be found having coffee with friends, hunting with his buddies from Tulelake, cruising through town with Pat, or enjoying his popcorn and teasing sessions with the grandkids.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, and his beloved son Steve, parents Harry and Ethel, brothers, Juke and Timm, and sisters, Dorothy, Vivian, Fawn, and Annie.
Survivors include children Sue Ann Prauss, Chuck Williams (Holly), and Stormi Turner (Ken); grandchildren, Steven, George, Charlie, Trevor, Shasta, Sheena, Darienne, and Dashiell; and five great-grandchildren.
A visitation was held on Friday, November 25, at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.
Funeral service for Charles is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday November 26, 2011, at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, 1281 Douglas Street, Crescent City. It will be immediately followed by burial services at the family cemetery at the mouth of the Klamath River. Following the burial services there will be a fellowship gathering at the Elk Valley Rancheria located at 2332 Howland Hill Road, Crescent City.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The Charles Williams Memorial Scholarship at Tri-Counties Bank, 936 3rd Street, Crescent City, CA 95531
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.
— Submitted by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel