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Official Obituary of

Charles "Charlie" Grabeel

June 23, 1950 ~ March 2, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Charles Grabeel Obituary

Charles Alexander Grabeel
June 23, 1950 – March 2, 2024
Hermiston, Oregon
Charlie Grabeel, 73, of Hermiston, passed away March 2nd, surrounded by family and loved ones. 
He was born June 23rd, 1950 to Scollan and Loeta Grabeel in Springfield Missouri. The Grabeel family
made their way from Ava, Missouri to Pendleton, Oregon in 1954. The family would spend the
summers in Ava on the farm. In 1960 they moved to Hermiston. Charlie excelled at football, basketball,
baseball, and track at Hermiston High School, where he graduated in 1969. 
On May 20, 1972 he married Elizabeth Fae Trump in Hermiston, and they were married nearly 32 years
before her passing on April 29, 2004. They were blessed with son Shane in 1970, son Cory in 1973 and
daughter Staci in 1976. They had a great life together, moving to Coulee Dam, Washington where he
worked on the Grand Coulee Dam. Later, they moved to Stanfield, Oregon where he farmed and
worked for Les Schwab Tires. The family loved to spend time at the cabin in Meacham, Oregon.
In 1990 his job took the family to Heppner, Oregon, where he worked for the Forest Service, Morrow
County Grain Growers and the Oregon State Department of Transportation. He returned to Missouri for
a few years to help his father work the farm and raise cattle. His children and grandchildren were
thrilled when their Papa moved back to Hermiston. He was always happy to support his grandkids at
their school and sporting events.  Helping others brought him joy.  He was never without a sweet treat to share. 
Charlie enjoyed the outdoors. He spent the majority of his spare time in the mountains, hunting and
cutting firewood. To this day, no one knows how many cords of wood he actually cut, but it’s up there.
He was still hunting and running the chain saw at the age of 73, doing what he loved.
Charlie is survived by his brother, Keith Grabeel, and wife Cindy.
Son Shane Grabeel and wife Cheryl; granddaughter Zoee Okazaki-Grabeel and husband Cory; and great
granddaughter Aurora.
Son Cory Grabeel and wife Misty; grandchildren Joshua, Caleb, and Savanna.
Daughter Staci Harrison and husband Ben; grandsons Xander, Braxton, and Parker.
Daughter Kellee Stubbs and husband Todd; grandchildren Cabot Metz, Kristin Walker and
husband Nicholas.
Son Tom Deussen and wife Marsha; grandchildren Stephen and wife Samantha, Michael; Brittany and
husband Sean; Taylor and husband Jaron; and Samantha; great grandchildren; Stephen Jr.,
Ryder, Lily, and Jackson.
He is also survived by many brother and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and dear friend Caliene
Smith. 
He was preceded in death by his wife Liz, parents Scollan and Loeta Grabeel, and brother Eddie Grabeel.
A graveside burial will be held 11:00 am Sunday, April 7 at the Hermiston, Oregon cemetery.  Please wear your best bibs.  Potluck following at EOTEC (Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center).

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Graveside Service
Sunday
April 7, 2024

11:00 AM
Hermiston Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Hermiston, OR 97838

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