Charles Dennis Dempsey
On Wednesday September 23, 2020 Charles Dempsey passed away at home.
Charles (or Chuck as he was known) was born in the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland to Dennis and Zelda Mae Dempsey on June 15, 1929. He joined his two sisters, Peggy and Jean and later welcomed his brother Don.
Chuck attended high school at Portland Union Academy where he made many lifelong friends. Chuck had a terrific sense of humor and was always getting into mischief. On a dare one day at school, he picked up one of his male teachers and carried him down the hall to the principal's office. Chuck graduated from Portland Union Academy in 1949 and then attended Walla Walla College in College Place, Washington for one year.
In 1950 Chuck was drafted into the Air Force and served
until October of 1952. He was Honorably Discharged.
Upon leaving the Air Force, Chuck returned to Portland
and begun his career as an entrepreneur. One of the
businesses he started was Dempsey Auto Supply where he drove his supply truck around to different gas stations and auto repair shops and sold supplies.
On January 25, 1953 Chuck married the Love of his
Life, Myrna Welsh, a nurse, and they settled in Portland.
In February 1954 they welcomed their first child, Greg and
then came Ken in 1958. Chuck and Myrna decided to add
to their family and adopted Tim, Cindy and Teresa.
Chuck and Myrna purchased a small Nursing Home
(Rest Harbor) in Gresham, Or in 1963. Chuck loved
to build so he added 68 resident rooms to the building.
Chuck was the Administrator and Myrna was the Director
of Nursing. Chuck continued his love of construction by
building a home for his family in Boring, OR where they
lived for many years
In 1988 Chuck and Myrna decided to bring a foster child
into their home (Crystal). They helped Crystal through
Grade School, High School and sent her to College at
Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska where they attended
Crystal's Graduation in Education and her Wedding in the
Chuck and Myrna loved to travel and they made
many trips in their motor home to South Dakota and
Indianapolis, Indiana to visit family. They enjoyed winters
in Palm Springs California later in life.
Chuck loved his Church Family at Hoodview SDA
Church in Boring, OR. He was active at the Church and
at Hoodview Adventist Academy where all of his children
Chuck Loved his Family. He always looked forward
to the Family picnic each year and Alumni Weekend at
Portland Union (Adventist) Academy his high school
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife Myrna, and his
Sisters and Brother. He is survived by his children, Greg
Dempsey, Ken Dempsey, Tim Dempsey, Cindy Robbins,
Teresa Dempsey and Crystal Seltmann, as well as his
Sister-in-law Marilyn Farr, Brother-in-law Jack Gertzen
and many Nephews, Nieces, 7 Grand Children and 4 Great
Chuck was laid to rest next to Myrna at the Riverview
Abby Mausoleum, Portland Oregon on September 30,2020
in a Private Family Gathering.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Chuck in the
future so all of his Family and Friends can gather to review
his Life and Share the Love and Joy he brought to us.