Charles “Chuck” Braziel passed away on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at the age of 79, in Albany, with his family by his side.
Chuck fought a strong battle against five different cancers during an eight-year period, succumbing to liver cancer. Chuck was born in the township of Bear, Ark., on Feb. 23, 1938, to Arthur and Ruth Braziel, the fifth of six children.
At the age of 7, he moved with his family to the Willamette Valley, settling in the Monmouth-Independence area. He was a resident of Monmouth for many years until recently moving to Albany to live with is daughter and family.
Chuck enjoyed his final months before passing spending quality time and reconnecting with his daughter, granddaughters, brothers and nieces. His great joy was spending time and playing with his new great-granddaughter, Charlotte.
Chuck graduated from Central High School in 1955, briefly attended Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls before joining the National Guard Reserves, stationed in Rucker, Ala.
Chuck married Patty Drydale on March 15, 1963. They had one daughter, Matie. Chuck married a second time, and married Marlyn Russell on Dec. 26, 1986. They later separated in 2017.
Throughout his lifetime, Chuck was employed by Georgia Pacific, the city of Independence, and Akzo Nobel, from which he retired in 2000.
Chuck is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ruth; sister Velda; and brothers Jim and Norvell.
Chuck is survived by his daughter, Matie Dougherty (Vaughn), of Albany; granddaughter Christine Kennedy (Tyler), of Albany, granddaughter Haleigh Gilchrist (Austin), of Albany; and great-granddaughter Charlotte Gilchrist, of Albany. He is survived by his brothers Stanley Braziel, of Salem, and Bobby Braziel (Sally), of Dallas.
Visitation will be held at Farnstrom Mortuary on Friday, Nov. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. Chuck’s service will be held at Farnstrom Mortuary on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. Interment to follow at English Cemetery, Monmouth.
Online memories and condolences may be sent to FarnstromMortuary.com. Contributions in Chuck’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society or Samaritan Evergreen Hospice.