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Charles F. Spicer

Feb. 16, 1929-June 15, 2006
by: contributed photo, Charles Spicer

Former Gresham resident Charles F. Spicer, 77, died Thursday, June 15, at his home. A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 14, at the Gateway Elks Lodge, 711 N.E. 100th St., Portland. Private interment was at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Charles was born Feb. 16, 1929, in Middlebourne, W.Va., to Foster Alfred and Mary Jane (Gorby) Spicer. His family moved to Chester, W.Va., where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Chester Union High School in 1947.

Charles, known as Charlie to his friends, enlisted in the Army and served as a corporal under General Douglas MacArthur in 1947. He was honorably discharged in 1950.

Charles was a 1955 graduate of West Virginia University, having earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

He married Donna Armentrout in 1962.

The couple relocated to Gresham in 1968, and then moved to Portland.

Charles worked in marketing for many local companies and retired from Jones Sports Company in 1989.

He divorced in 1990.

Charles married Loretta Arnett Griffin on Sept. 7, 1990, at the county courthouse in Vancouver, Wash.

Charles enjoyed trout fishing in local mountain lakes and was an avid golfer.

He was preceded death by his daughter, Debbie Spicer, and son, Scott Spicer.

Survivors include his wife, of Gresham; five stepchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kaiser Hospice. Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.