December 7, 1917 - February 8, 2018

Charles Howe passed away February 8, 2018 at the age of 100. He was born in Portland, Oregon, graduated from Franklin High School, and earned a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Portland.

Charles attended 1st Presbyterian Church of Portland and met Margaret (Betty) Haisch there in the spring of 1941. They were married November 16, 1941, three weeks prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Charles entered the Army in June 1942 and served in Guadalcanal and the South Pacific. Upon his discharge, Charles continued to work for the post office while attending classes to become an accountant. He was soon to be employed by the Stimson Lumber Company of Forest Grove, Ore. In 1955, he followed Stimson Lumber to Crescent City, California to open a redwood logging operation, Rellim Redwood Co. By this time, Charles and Betty had four children, Ed, Connie, Lee, and Roxanne, with a fifth, Charmaine, on the way.

Charles loved the theatre, music, and artwork and sought to instill this appreciation in his children along with core values, such as integrity, independence, and a strong work ethic. He had an abiding faith in God, raised his family in the church and continued to serve the church into his 80’s. Charles retired in 1983 and he and Betty moved to Ashland. Charles and Betty were avid gardeners; their flower garden won several awards and their neighbors enjoyed the bountiful produce. Charles and Betty returned to Portland to be closer to family. When challenges were apparent Charles would say, “It’s only temporary,” and with that he persevered through tough times and enjoyed the good times.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; all five children; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Jackson County Library Foundation