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Charles Edgar Whiteside

June 2, 1921 to Jan. 10, 2014


Navy Captain Charles E. WhitesideRetired Navy Captain Charles E. Whiteside died Jan. 10, 2014 at St. Vincent Hospital in Beaverton, Oregon.

Captain Whiteside was born June 2, 1921 in Huntsville, Ala., to the late Charles and Corinne Holmes Whiteside. He graduated from Huntsville High School in 1939 and joined the U.S. Navy in August of that year. Following enlisted service aboard the USS Stack (DD406) he attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in June 1944.

On March 8, 1946 he married the love of his life, Helen Louise Warden of Huntsville, daughter of the late W.D. and Lucy Mae Warden. They remained in loving wedlock for 63 years, until Helen died.

During World War II he served aboard the USS Baltimore (CA 78) as a gunnery officer and in 1947 he converted to the Supply Corps. Following several U.S., foreign, and sea duty assignments he completed his 33 years of service at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., where he served as Shipyard Supply Officer. He retired there in August 1972.

Following his retirement, he and his family remained in Bremerton where he worked as a Vice President of the State Mutual Bank managing their Bremerton office. He served several years in the Retired Officers Association and was very active in community affairs through the Bremerton Kiwanis Club, of which he was a past president. He and Helen moved to a retirement home in Wilsonville, Oregon, in December 1999.

Services will be held at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, at 10:30 a.m. January 24, 2014. Memorials may be made to the Kiwanis Bennett Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 12, Bremerton, Wash., 98337.

Charles’ beloved eldest son, Charles Alan Whiteside, tragically died of a heart attack only four weeks before Charles’ own death. Charles is survived by two sons, R. Lee Whiteside of Seattle, Wash., and Dr. Kerry H. Whiteside of Lancaster, Pa.; by one sister, Marie Linkins of Huntsville, Ala.; and by two grandchildren, Matthew C. Whiteside and Molly Jeanne Whiteside, both of Portland, Oregon.