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Charles R. Pearce, 89, of Nampa, Idaho, died at his home with his family by his side on April 4, 2003.
His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. at the McEwen Bible Fellowship Hall at 15403 Sumpter Stage Highway near Sumpter. Pastor Bill Cox will perform the service at the Fellowship Hall. Charles and his wife Jeanette were members of this church when they lived in Sumpter. Arrangements are under the direction of Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. S. at Nampa.
Charles was born to Clara and David Penn Pearce at Belton, Texas, on Sept. 5, 1913. He grew up in Texas.
During his early adult life, he worked in construction in many parts of Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. He met and married Lucille Broyles at Wichita Falls, Texas, and they had two children, Linda and Jim.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 and served as a chief petty officer in the Navy’s Construction Battalion during the World War II. After the war, he settled at Houston.
Charles and his family moved to California in 1959 where he worked in the Southern California area until his retirement. His wife, Lucille, died in California.
He married his wife, Jeanette, in 1985 and moved to John Day. He and Jeanette moved to Sumpter in 1987. They moved from Oregon to Idaho in 1991, living at both Caldwell and Nampa.
During the time they lived in both Oregon and Idaho, he and Jeanette traveled extensively in the Northwest where they greatly enjoyed the outdoors. Fishing and camping with their dogs were always a big part of their activities throughout each year.
Both he and Jeanette also enjoyed woodworking and other crafts, sharing many of their creations with their family, friends and neighbors. Charles was active in the Masons throughout his adult life.
Charles was the last of his siblings. His older sister, Alva, and brother, Stephen, both died in California.
Survivors include his wife Jeanette; his daughter, Linda Curphey of Baker City; his son, Jim, of Houston; his grandchildren, Margie Cummings, Robbie Stephenson, Becky Savage, David Pearce, Blake Bertram and Sara Pearce; two great-grandchildren, Megan and Samantha; and Jeanette’s children, Penny Adams, Ricky Kaufman, and Kitty Aguilera, 10 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 11, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor