Charles (Charlie) Dean Horton passed away on September 14, 2012, ending a long battle with congestive heart failure. Charlie was born on September 5, 1960, in Madison, Wisconsin. He grew up in Desloge, Mo., graduating from North County High School in 1978. Charlie attended the Bible College of the Ozarks and Mineral Area College in Missouri. He was very proud of his position as Production Manager of the MAC Theater program. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Charlie worked in the hotel industry for many years. In 1998, he met his significant other, Barbara, online and moved to Seattle to build a new life with her. After five years working for Verizon Wireless, the couple sold their home and moved to Ocean Shores where they opened the Book Store at the Beach. Their dreams of being small business owners were cut short when Charlie suffered four heart attacks in 2005, resulting in damage to all but 14% of his heart. Closing the store, Charlie and Barbara moved to Hoquiam so he would be closer to the medical care facilities he needed.
Despite his ailment, Charlie was a jovial, outgoing, friendly guy who loved his family, friends and neighbors. He enjoyed traveling around the neighborhood in his electric chair just to say hello and chat with all his neighbors. He was also well known by many of the business owners in Hoquiam and Aberdeen, as he regularly would pop into their stores to visit and keep up on what was happening in “his” city.
After 12 years of being away from his family in Missouri and unable to fly, Charlie and Barbara boarded Amtrak in July of 2011 and traveled across the country to visit them. While the trip was tiring, Charlie was exuberant and excited to introduce Barbara to his family and friends; especially his best friend, Kevin (Mindy) Darity and show her the many places he remembered from his childhood.
Charlie was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Doris (Snyder) Horton; his father, Robert Leo Horton; and his grandmother, Lola M. (Hill) Riddick.
Besides his brothers, John (Vickie), David and Dennis (Nicole) Horton; Charlie is survived by his significant other of 15 years, Barbara (Boyer) Remmem. While he never married or had children of his own, Charlie loved Barbara’s children and grandchildren as if they were his own. Thus, he is also survived by Todd (Tiffany) Remmem of Lynnwood, Tobias (Merilee) Remmem of Ocean Shores, David (Lesley) of Federal Way and Veronica (Jerry) of Portland, Ore.; along with all the grandchildren, Bella, Todd, Melissa, Richard, Adrian, Amanda, Jared, Phoebe, Skyler, Atira, Shoshana and Reuben (and two more due in March). He also has many nieces and nephews in Missouri.
Charlie had a big heart and forgiving nature. Family and friends meant everything to him, and he would do anything within his power to help others. His life was not always easy. Life with CHF often had more downs than ups, but he never complained. He took the lemons and made lemonade. He placed the needs and happiness of others before his own. Charlie just wanted everyone to be happy. None of us are perfect. We all have our flaws, but after living with Charlie for over 15 years, there is not a doubt in my mind, when Charlie reached the pearly gates he was welcomed home and told “job well done”. There will be no service, however a Celebration of Life party will be held in the near future.