Charles Levi Divelbiss
May 23, 1931 – August 27, 2018
Charles Levi (Chuck or CL) Divelbiss, 87, died Monday August 27, 2018 at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle due to multiple medical complications and cancer.
Chuck leaves his son, and long-time business partner in St. Charles Place Antiques, Charles G. Divelbiss, his daughter Susan Marie (Ron) Munroe of Snohomish; his son John David (Amy) Divelbiss and his daughter Terrie Tiegland (Wayne) March, both of Salem, Oregon, as well as 8 Grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Charles was born in Casper, Wyoming on May 23, 1931, the son of Benjamin and Agnes Divelbiss. He was raised in and around Puyallup, and his brother, Don and sister, Rosalie still reside in the Puyallup area. Charles graduated from Sumner High School in 1949. He went on to attend the University of Washington and graduated from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine in 1957. Charles practiced as a family practitioner and general surgeon in Renton, Washington until his retirement and was the first Chief of Staff at Valley General Hospital in Renton.
Chuck enjoyed being an active Rotarian and past President of Renton Rotary. He was instrumental in helping create “CAPER”, a Rotary charitable auction that supports youth and community programs. He also enjoyed helping to establish the first “Rubber Ducky Derby” held each year at the Renton River Days. Medicine was Dr. Divelbiss’s professional vocation but his secret passion was for “building” - anything from toy boxes to picture frames, from inventing gadgets and gizmos that make things function to large scale projects such as building a vacation home in Oak Harbor and a 15,000 sq. ft. home atop a secluded Arizona mountain overlooking Wickenburg. The Arizona property was built over a 10 year period using many repurposed architectural elements that make it a truly unique desert home, reflecting his life filled with eclectic personal individualism. He will be missed by his family and the many friends he made over the course of a full and ambitious life.
Memorial services will be held at Greenwood Memorial Park – 350 Monroe Avenue NE, Renton, Wa on Saturday October 6th at 2:00.
Donations in his memory can be made to Renton Rotary; P.O. Box 509, Renton WA 98057
- Memorial Service Saturday, October 6, 2018
Charles Levi Divelbiss
October 11, 2018
Uncle Charlie always had a unique way of communicating. He was my doctor in my younger years and I remember him coming in with my blood work, looking at the report (sporting his little grin) and saying your fat. Always made me smile and always to the point. He was an inspiration to me and the main reason I decided to go to college. He will be missed.
October 6, 2018
I’m Uncle Charlie’s niece. I have a few memories that have stuck with me through the years. The first began when I was, apparently about 1yr old and tried to eat a slug. From that day forward, my name became Slug to him, even into my adult years! The other is that I could always count on Uncle Charlie to buy lots of Girl Scout cookies from me, which in turn helped me to be the top cookie seller! The memorial service was beautiful and I know he will be missed by so many. 💕 Love, Sheryl
September 1, 2018
I first became acquainted with Chuck as he was building his his large showcase home here in Wickenburg AZ. Over the course of the several years that I worked for him on that project, I grew to admire his tenacity and the seemingly limitless energy and drive he brought to the project. The enthusiastic way in which he attacked both the building of his house and life in general was contagious. Over these past few years, some of my most enjoyable moments were spent having a beer with him on his back deck as we mutually admired the beauty of the raw Sonoran desert laid out in front of us while chatting about every subject imaginable. He was a heck of a guy and I'm really going to miss him. My sincerest condolences to his family.......... Richard Atwood