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Charles Lenoir



Charles (Charlie) Jerome Lenoir, 88, died peacefully on September 29th 2012. Charlie was born on September 8th, 1924 in Lewistown, Montana, to Alphonse and Anna Lenoir. He came to Goldendale in 1936, when his father bought a farm in Firwood. He attended one room schools in the area, and later Goldendale High School.

He volunteered with the Army during WWII, and was a decorated veteran. His military time was cut short when he suffered injuries during a battle in the Pacific theatre. He married Alice Stackhouse, on April 6th, 1946, and it was their 66th anniversary this year.

Charlie worked for many local farmers in his youth, with the Hill family being one that he often mentioned. Charlie went to work for the Wilson Brothers at their International Harvester Implement company on Main Street. Working there, he maintained his friendships with many local farmers, while repairing, and delivering new equipment. On numerous occasions, the Wilson brothers won the bid for supplying Goldendale with school buses. Charlie and Alice had several cross country adventures, driving the buses from Ohio back to Goldendale. During this time, the Wilson brothers built Golden Lanes Bowling Alley. Charlie being a whiz at repairing all things by this time, was sent to Southern California, and attended training for repairing and maintaining the intricate pin setter equipment. When the bowling alley was planned, the Wilson brothers offered Charlie the opportunity to build a laundromat next door, and Bowl Laundry was created, the first such facility in Goldendale.

For many years Charlie was self employed and worked on everything from toasters to commercial refrigeration. During this time, Charlie became a local fixture in his yellow Econoline van, dashing around town, and across the county. He later worked at the Klickitat County Shop, and with his inherent abilities, quickly rose to foreman. There he repaired anything that moved, from County pick-ups, to road graders, and everything in between. During these years he was also a volunteer fireman, and was an officer in the Fire Department. He retired from the County Shop in 1988, and spent the rest of his years living in the Darland street home he had created for himself and his family.

Charlie and Alice enjoyed fishing around the county with their best friend Elvis Clary. They were always up for a drive in the Simcoes and a little mushroom hunting. Camping on Mt. Adams, and picking huckleberries were another favorite family outing. He instilled a love of the outdoors in his children that lives on today. In 1947 their first daughter, Sharon was born. Sadly, she only lived a few days, and passed while still in the hospital. In 1949, James, their first son was born, and in 1954, Jerome, was born; to be followed by Patricia in 1959, and finally Larry in 1964. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Jim and wife Goldie, son Jerome and wife Connie, all of the San Francisco Bay area of California. In addition he is survived by daughter Pat West and husband Clifford, and son Larry and wife Connie, all of Goldendale. Five grandchildren, Kooper McDonald, Ryan Lenoir, Lacey Vaughn, Joshua and Caleb Parks survive him. He is also survived by a sister, Bernadette and a brother, Joseph. He was preceded in death by brother, Victor, and sisters Marguerite, Yvonne, Louise, and Joan.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 13, starting at 1:00 p.m. This will take place at the Fathers House Fellowship Church, (old primary school) at 207 S. Klickitat St. Goldendale. Rev. Darrel Watson will be officiating. All are invited to pay their respects, and are welcome to bring a favorite picture or story. Immediately following, the family will receive friends at the Goldendale Country Club, for a celebration of Charlie’s life. Food will be provided by the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.


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