Gold Beach resident Charles Eugene Bleything left this earth at 1:20 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2017.
He was Charlie, dad, grandpa, Chuck and Mr. Bleything all rolled into one awesome person.
Chuck was born Feb. 27, 1933, in Chico, California, to Anna and Charles A. Bleything.
The family moved to Eureka when Chuck was very young. He went to local elementary schools and graduated from Eureka High School in 1950.
After high school he started his journey to become a music teacher at Humboldt State College. While in college, he played in a quartet called The Footnotes at the old Big Four Restaurant. Every night after the quartet finished their gig Chuck would bring home soups, raviolis, apple fritters and french bread or anything the cook had left over from the evening.
The Korean War was brewing during the 1950s and Chuck was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany, where he played in the army band.
After the war, Chuck was lucky enough to have a teaching job waiting for him when he returned home. He taught music for the next 15 years at McKinleyville Elementary School.
Chuck married his soul mate, Lynn, in the summer of 1965. From a previous marriage Chuck and Lynn had a total of seven children. On the weekends, the family dinner table was quite crowded with the laughter and love of 11 people. During these years Chuck decided to get into administration so he could retire early. For the next 10 years or so, Chuck worked for the Humboldt County of Education, and retired at 55.
Chuck taught us so much: The real love of music. How to ride a motorcycle. How to appreciate nature through camping and fishing and water skiing. We also had a brief time appreciating autocrossing and hill climbing by watching Chuck and Lynn race Porsches.
When the kids left home and there was just Lynn and Chuck, they decided it was time to do some real traveling. They sold everything, bought a trailer and were off.
They traveled to Europe several times, they went hunting in Williams, California, in the fall and fishing in Oregon in the spring and summer months. They centrally located themselves in Calpella, California, and continued to follow the seasons until they decided they wanted to spend the last years of their lives in Gold Beach.
Chuck leaves behind daughters Pam Nowak (Tom), Kris Bleything; son Russ Bleything (Dorothy); step-son Steven A. Borowski (Diane); step-daughter Rae M. Bott (Bruce); step-daughter Debbie Christenson (Rod); and step-daughter Helen McCaughan (Dennis). He also leaves grandchildren Michael Christenson (Amanda), Matthew Christenson (Marisa), Brandon Bott, Carson Bott, Nick Borowski (Julian), Vincent Borowski, Amy Borowski, Tambra Bleything, Talesa Bleything and Hannah Mae; great-grandchildren Kaeden, Noah and Bailey.
Chuck was preceded in death by Lynn in 2017.
There was never a better father, friend or teacher. We were very lucky to have Chuck in our lives. We will miss his spirit, his laugh and his good humor. We love you Chuck. You are now with Lynn and will be forever and ever.
Submitted by the family.