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Charles R. Ames (Charlie)
April 28, 1950 – October 22, 2017

Aumsville, OR – Charles was diagnosed with colon cancer March of 2011. After 6 years of never giving up, his battle has ended. He passed away surrounded by his family on Oct. 22, 2017.

Charles was born April 28, 1950 in La Mesa, CA. Charles was the second of four children, two sisters Shirley & Sharon and brother Stephen. His family lived in southern California for most of his childhood.

Charles was a former Marine serving our country during the Vietnam War.  When returning from service he moved to Denver CO, and started on his 30 year adventure as a commercial truck driver. He was a member of the Western Conference of Teamsters.

During his time in Colorado Charles met and married his wife of 45 years, Cathy. Charles, Cathy and their daughter Karen moved to the west coast where Oregon became home. Living in the Salem area for many years they expanded their family to include their second daughter Elizabeth and son Nicholas.

Charlie loved fishing, hunting and riding his motorcycle. He took every opportunity to enjoy these hobbies. Many trips were taken to the local lakes, rivers and the coast to fish and camp with his family. Charlie also enjoyed watching old westerns, Triple D on the Food Network, and other reality based series. For the last few years a favorite event was the “Survivor and Walking Dead Nights” he would have with his grandchildren. It was binge watching and snicky snacks for all!

Charles is survived by his wife Catherine Ames of Aumsville, OR, children Karen Ames of Chicago, IL, Elizabeth Medina of Aumsville, OR, Nicholas Ames of Cornelius, OR; and 9 grandchildren. Charles is preceded in death by his brother Stephen and parents Robert and Mamie Ames.

Private family services to be held at a later date.


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