Charles Lee Arrington
March 27, 1925 – September 18, 2020
Charles Lee ‘Chuck’ Arrington, 95, died on Friday, September 18, 2020. He was happy and well until his very last day. Charles was born in Kevil, Kentucky on March 27, 1925, the only child of Virgil Arrington and Lena Perkins Arrington. He was a longtime resident of Seattle, Washington and lived his last years in Thibodaux, Louisiana with his daughter, Marilyn Gonzalez and family.
He is survived by his three children, daughter, Cheryl Dodson of Port Angeles, Washington, son, Paul Arrington, Sr and his wife, Joanne of Maupin, Oregon, daughter, Marilyn Gonzalez and her husband, Gilbert Sr. of Thibodaux, Louisiana; half-sister, Betty Maxey of Paducah, Kentucky and his Haida ‘mom’, Judy Helgeson of Craig, Alaska. He was Grandpa Chuck to his nine loving grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. His grandchildren are Lony Power, Jodi Ramey (Harry), Charlie Anderson (Roxie), Paul Arrington, Jr. (Sarah), Libra Bednarski (Heath), Vanessa Bassett (Andy), Almarie Cook, Gilbert Gonzalez, Jr. (Taylor) and Aaron Gonzalez (fiancé, Molly). He also gained a Thibodaux grandson, Ricardo Hernandez. He was a much-loved uncle to many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of 68 years, Louise, and his extended family by marriage, Louise’s parents and her siblings and spouses. Also preceding him in death was great granddaughter, Alexis, and great-great granddaughter, Bella.
Services will be held at Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home, 11111 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103 on Saturday, 26, 2020 with a visitation from 10:00 AM to funeral time at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow at 2:00 PM.
*There will be limited seating capacity for funeral service due to COVID-19 restrictions and masks are required. The services will be livestreamed at 1:00 PM (Pacific Time) at the following link: https://www.distantlink.com/WashelliMobile.html
Charles spent his young life as a farm boy in Kentucky and Missouri. He set out to see the world at a very young age and worked as a ranch-hand and hotel porter in places like New Mexico and Colorado and wherever his adventures took him. After Pearl Harbor, like many young men of that era, he joined the US Navy to serve his country during World War II. He was stationed in Bremerton, Washington and met the love of his life, Louise Morrison, who was a nurse at Harborview Hospital in Seattle. He was shipped out to the South Pacific and served as a gunner’s mate on PT 126. After enemy action resulting in injury to Charles and his shipmates, he was sent back to Bremerton Naval Hospital. He never forgot Louise and contacted her upon his recovery and the ‘rest was history’ as he liked to say.
Louise and Charles were married on April 8, 1944 and spent 68 wonderful years together. He was welcomed by Louise’s family in Alaska and he finally had the big family he had always wanted. He spent 47 years as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska and Washington. Hard work was nothing new to him and he loved all that was good about his fishing years; the beauty of the open ocean, the excitement of a big catch and the satisfaction of being the captain of his own ship. Generations of fisherman in SE Alaska remember the strong deep voice of Captain Chuck on the marine radio.
He was also a man of God. He loved his precious wife with all his heart and cherished his children and grandchildren. His sweet, kind nature touched all of his loved ones and all who met him. He was a humble person who gave his best to all and lived his life to the end in kindness, humility and gratitude for all of God’s blessings. To the end, he greeted each morning rain or shine, with - ‘Looks like a beautiful day out there’. Thank you, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, and Captain, for showing us what goodness truly is and for seeing the beauty in each day.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Charles Lee Arrington
September 27, 2020
Sarah & I wish to share our heartfelt condolences with Chuck's family members. We have such fond memories of Chuck and Louise, as we enjoyed friendship and fellowship with them for many years because they hosted, supported and encouraged our small fellowship of Native believers, known as Seattle Intertribal Alliance Church. Every Wednesday evening they opened their Ballard home and hospitality to us, and we always enjoyed such wonderful fellowship in the Lord with them. Louise went out of her way to encourage young Native believers, along with Chuck and Louise's sister Margaret: they truly were "Pop" & "Mom to every one of us. They brought a tremendous presence of the love of Christ to my wife and I, as well as accepting and encouraging every one who would come to their home for those times of enjoying the presence of Jesus with them. Truthfully, those times of fellowship are what grew that little church, spiritually nurtured and parented by Chuck and Louise.
One of our favorite memories is when Chuck offered to take us all out on his fishing boat. What a great experience and fellowship we had! After our rides, we presented Cap'n Chuck with a white sailor's cap with that title printed on it....and of course, a can of spinach. With an accordion aboard, we sang some sea chants and just enjoyed worshiping the Lord on the Glenda Lou.
Chuck was just a wonderful Christian man and Encourager. We all learned so much on how to share the love of Christ from Cap'n Chuck and Louise. We will remember them always!
- Rev Rodger and Sarah Niemeier