Daniel Spencer Charles, Sr. 64 years of age and a longtime Queets, Washington area resident, died on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington. He was born on March 16, 1949, in Aberdeen, Washington, to Harold Leslie and Leta Rose (Williams) Charles. He was an enrolled member of the Quinault Indian Nation.
He attended the Queets – Clearwater School and then graduated from the Lake Quinault High School. He served with the U.S. Army in Japan and Vietnam.
He was married to Janice Jackson in La Push. They were later divorced.
Daniel worked as a fisherman and had attended Bates Technical College in Tacoma for a year.
He was active in the Shaker Church. His travels had taken him throughout the State of Washington and also went to Arizona. He liked visiting the area casinos and playing bingo.
Daniel S. Charles, Sr. is survived by his mother, Leta R. Shale of Queets; his son, Daniel S. Charles, Jr. of Aberdeen; his daughter, Simone Samson of Aberdeen; his brothers, Paul Charles of Queets, Terry Shale of Queets and Steve Shale of Aberdeen; his half brothers, Jerry Charles of Aberdeen and Harold Charles, Jr. of La Push; his sisters, Florene Bergstrom of Aberdeen, Helen Shale of Queets, Leta Shale, Jr. of Queets, Carolann Pickett of Moclips; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.
A Candlelight Service will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the Coleman Mortuary Chapel in Hoquiam.
An Indian Shaker Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam. Pearl Buck will officiate at the services. The active pallbearers will be Ron Obi, Sr., Pete Kalama, Sr., Jeff Kalama, Sr., Frank Sansom, Steve Sansom and Michael Kowoosh.
Concluding services with vault interment and military honors will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam with a dinner to follow at Queets.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam, Washington.
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