Charles Dean McCombs


Charles Dean McCombs, age 70, died at his home in Montesano on Tuesday afternoon, December 11, 2012. Chuck was born in Redwood City, California on October 5, 1942, to Charles Wilson and Ruby McNutt McCombs. His mother died when he was 2 years old. His Dad was in the service. Chuck and his older sister, Jeannie, were sent to Missouri to live with relatives.

When Chuck was 11 his family moved to Washington State at the end of Walker Bottom Rd. on the Humptulips River. Chuck often said he thought he was in Heaven. There were fish bigger than he was. His passion for fishing carried on until his health did not allow him the pleasure. His memories made for great stories and he was quite the joke and story teller. Chuck attended Hoquiam schools.

He left high school to join the Army and received his GED while serving his country. After discharge from the Army he returned to Hoquiam and in 1963 he married Katherine Reick in Aberdeen. They raised their two children, Tonia and Charlie, in Hoquiam. In 1984, Chuck married Sue Forler Goldy and helped raise her two children, Brian and Kristine. They made their home in Montesano and just celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary on November 10. Chuck worked as a mechanic for several car dealers, worked for Mayer Brothers, was an officer for Hoquiam Police Dept. In 1976, he was hired by Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Dept, retiring in 1987 as a Sergeant. He went to work for Day Motors in Elma as a salesman. His honesty and personality made him a good fit. After working for several dealers around Grays Harbor, Olympia and Shelton he had to retire in 1997 due to declining health.

Chuck was a member of Masonic Lodge Wynooche #43, Scottish Rite, Grays Harbor Shrine Club Afifi Shrine and the Montesano Presbyterian Church.

Chuck had horses and rode with the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Mounted Posse for many years. He enjoyed hunting, especially his many trips on horseback in the mountains above Lake Chelan to Surprise Lake. Fishing brought him great pleasure. He kept friends and family in salmon for many years.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Sue; sister, Jeannie Reick and her husband, Jim, of Port Angeles; daughter, Tonia and son-in-law, Bruce Armstrong of Portland; son Charlie, and granddaughter, Hannah of Monroe; stepson, Brian Goldy, his wife, Shannon, and grandsons, Carson and Clayton of Sugar Land, Texas; stepdaughter, Kristine Goldy of Brooklyn N.Y.; special nephews, Jim, Mitch, Ken and Bob Reick. Chuck had a special relationship with 2 cousins in Missouri, Joyce and the late, Jim Strong.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at Montesano Presbyterian Church, 201 McBryde Ave. Rather than flowers the family asks that donations be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, Portland, OR 97239; Montesano Presbyterian Church, 201 McBryde, Montesano WA or Grays Harbor Fire District #2.