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June 15, 1929 to September 23, 2020-On Wednesday September 23, 2020 Charles Dempsey passed away at home.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Charles Dennis DempseyOn 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

same weekend.

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

Alma Mater.

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

Grand Children.

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.

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