It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Chester (Chuck) E. Ralstin on July 1, 2019 in St. Helens, Oregon after two years of health challenges at the age of 93.
He was born Dec. 1, 1925 in Wheeler, Oregon to parents Joseph and Myrtle Ralstin. His siblings were Walter (Bud) King, Gertrude King, Verd McGuire, John McGuire and Beatrice McGuire Moisio. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Chuck spent his whole life around water, either lake, river or ocean. On Dec. 7, 1942 Chuck joined the Navy and served in World War II. He retired from the Navy on June 6, 1962. While stationed at Mare Island, California he met Irene Miller and they were married on June 15, 1961. He became a dad to Irene’s daughter Leah (Rich) Leal and grandpa to Kim Leal age 17 mos. And Devid Leal age 7 mos at that time.
After he left the service they moved to Carpenteria, California, where as a captain he took crews out to the oil rigs. They eventually bought a home near Agness on the Rogue River in Oregon. The Leal’s spent many wonderful summers with them. They had two cabins they rented out and Chuck guided fisherman on the river. They were very happy there until Irene passed in 1985.
In the summer of 1986, while visiting the Leal family in California, he met Mary Farley at a dance. Mary moved to Oregon and after several years they moved to Brookings where they lived until 2011 when Mary passed.
In 2012 he met Mary Isakson a local artist and they were together until she passed in 2018. He lived with his nephew Stacy & Susan Alford, his hunting buddies for a time before going to Thanksgiving House under the care of hospice in Saint Helens, Oregon. A memorial will be held at a future date.