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Charles Van Velkinburgh

Charles B Van Velkinburgh

Monday, February 22nd, 1937 - Monday, October 19th, 2020
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Obituary

Charles Byron Van Velkinburgh formerly of Quincy, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 19, 2020 in Wenatchee.

Chuck was born in Iowa City, IA on February 22, 1937 to John and Birdeena Van Velkinburgh. He grew up in Nebraska, and later made his way out West, where he enlisted in the Air Force, and was stationed at Larson Air Base in Moses Lake. It was there that he met the love of his life, Lorree Johnson at a community dance. He and Lorree were married on December 16, 1955.

Chuck taught Air Crew Life Support in the Air Force and served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was stationed overseas at bases in Vietnam and Okinawa, along with Labrador, North Dakota, Michigan and Washington State. Chuck was Honorably Discharged as a Technical Sergeant in 1977, after 22 years of service.

After he left the Air Force, Chuck, Lorree and their children (Dennis, Cheri, Doug and Candi), moved from Michigan back to Lorree’s hometown of Quincy. In 1986, Chuck became a police officer for the City of Quincy - the job he loved the most. He remained on the force for 15 years until his retirement in 2002. Chuck loved serving his community as an officer and formed many lasting friendships as a result of his time on the force.

After leaving the police department, Chuck and Lorree enjoyed working in their expansive garden and taking many family trips around the Northwest in their motorhome. They loved fishing at Quincy Lakes - especially with their friends and family.

Chuck is survived by his children Doug (Debra) of Portland, and Candi (Ed) French of Bonney Lake. He had 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, brother George, children Dennis and Cheri, and his beloved Lorree earlier this year.

Graveside services will be streamed through https://www.facebook.com/Scharbachs-Columbia-Funeral-Chapel on Saturday, October 24th, at 10:00 AM.
Due to current health restrictions, crowd size (only 30 people allowed to attend funeral service and by invitation only), social distancing and facial covering will be regulated.

Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com.
Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Quincy Valley Cemetery
    Address
    625 F Street SW
    QUINCY, WA 98848
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Funeral services will be streamed through https://www.facebook.com/Scharbachs-Columbia-Funeral-Chapel on Saturday, October 24th, at 10:00 AM. Due to current health restrictions, crowd size (only 30 people allowed to attend funeral service and by invitation only), social distancing and facial covering will be regulated.
  • Interment

    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Quincy Valley Cemetery
    Address
    625 F Street SW
    QUINCY, WA 98848
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Funeral services will be streamed through https://www.facebook.com/Scharbachs-Columbia-Funeral-Chapel on Saturday, October 24th, at 10:00 AM. Due to current health restrictions, crowd size (only 30 people allowed to attend funeral service and by invitation only), social distancing and facial covering will be regulated.

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Patricia Martin

Posted at 10:07pm
Charlie I just sent you a birthday wish on Facebook yesterday unaware that you had left us. This news makes me very sad. I have such fond memories of working with you while I was mayor. You were a man of integrity, a true civil servant who made the needs of others his priority. I can still see you parked on Hwy 28 protecting the Junior High students as they crossed the highway at 4th Ave. You cared and it showed.

To all of Charlie's family please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. Losing Charlie is also a great loss to Quincy.

Patty
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Ramona Webley

Posted at 06:01pm
I want you to know my heart is with you at this time!! You’re dad has fought the long hard fight, And now He is with his beloved wife & companion, Lorree. They were great together. How I cherish the good old times we had together!! Always a laugh a minute!! Chuck was a Honorable man, he stood by his convictions, most of all, he loved his wife & Family!! It was a joy & pleasure to have known him. I will always think of him with a smile!! To you, his posterity, I pray that God will bless & comfort you at this time. My love & Gratitude to all of you.
KA

Keith Anstine

Posted at 09:58pm
RIP Charles B Van Velkinburg,
You will be so badly missed by your family and friends.
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