Charlie was 88 years old when he passed away of COVID-19, in Evergreen Hospital, Kirkland, Wash.
Charles was born in Baxter Springs, Kansas. to Charles and Elizabeth Bash. He was the youngest of seven children and his father died early when he was 12. Life was humble in those days, so, after graduating High School, Charlie went west to find work with his brothers at the Hanford Nuclear Site. This propelled him on a career of being a builder. Joining the union and going on to build over 75 homes in the Seattle area.
He would visit his sister in the Skagit Valley, there he met the girl next door. Her name was Donnette and they married at the tender age of Charlie 19 and Donnette 17. They had four children, three boys and a girl. The children were raised, with a robust, outdoor lifestyle, of camping, fishing, motorcycle riding and rafting. The adventures were constant and attracted the neighbor kids on these excursions.
Charlie could be found in many realms of service to his community. Scoutmaster of Troop 340 kept him busy teaching youth honorable ways of becoming outstanding citizens. This path would lead Charlie to a position in The Scotish Rite, an honor bestowed upon him once he became Grandmaster of the Masons, Robert Burns Lodge of Alderwood.
Once he retired and moved to Whidbey Island, he joined Eastern Star and became a Royal Patron in Freeland.
Dad was a devoted father, husband, brother, uncle, and cousin. He always had a warm welcome for visitors to his home. A comfortable place to rest your weary bones and find a good cup of coffee.
Dad, you will be surely missed as we carry on your spirit of goodwill and service. May we pass on what you have taught us, to have a sincere smile and a welcome heart. We love you!
Charles is survived by his wife Donnette, his children, Darrell, Gary, Lonnie, Debbie and their spouses, plus five grandchildren.