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.
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
was a former Marine serving our country during the Vietnam
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.
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.
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
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.
family services to be held at a later date.