Charles S. “Chuck” Pettit of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on July 31, 1943 in Vancouver, Washington to parents, Carl and Viola Blohm Pettit. He died on August 30, 2021 in Walla Walla, Washington at the age of 78 years. Chuck graduated from Pendleton High School and then enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17. He proudly served his country for 5 years before his honorable discharge. He then served in the Oregon Army National Guard for several years. Chuck was a very patriotic man who flew a flag in his yard until the day that he died.
Chuck was a very hard worker and spent many years at the Kinzua Lumber Mill in Pilot Rock, Oregon as well as at the Umatilla Army Depot where he received multiple commendations for his exemplary work until his retirement.
Chuck married Bonita Price in 1968. He welcomed 3 children into his life and they later adopted a son, Donald.
Chuck married Shirley Erickson in 2000 and became a “Bonus Dad” to her 5 adult children.
He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Eagles Lodge and the National Guard. Chuck enjoyed hunting, fishing, car racing, classic car shows, crossword puzzles, Texas Hold’em, visiting the Oregon Coast and all things Elvis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Bonita Pettit and a son: Roger Pettit.
Chuck is survived by his wife: Shirley Pettit; brother: Don Pettit (Wanda), Pendleton, OR; sister: Carol Moir, Boise, ID; son: Dennis Pettit (Cindy), Cheshire, OR; daughter: Shawna Johnson (Gary), Klamath Falls, OR; son: Donald Pettit, Spokane, WA; stepchildren: Sandy Endicott (Doug), Pendleton, OR, John Erickson, Hermiston, OR, Cindy Erickson, Hermiston, OR, Pat Erickson, Salem, OR, Tony Erickson (Bonnie), Salem, OR; numerous grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on September 25, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon.
A celebration of Life gathering will follow from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 P.M. at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center , 1705 E. Airport Rd., Hermiston, Oregon.
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