Charles Fredrick Adkins

June 3, 1957February 8, 2012

After a courageous three year battle with cancer, Chuck Adkins, 54, passed away Wednesday morning, February 8, 2012 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. He was born June 3, 1957 to Don and Bobbie Adkins in Seattle, WA.

The family moved to Brownstown in 1958 and purchased Lindsey Lockers. The youngest of three children, he was often found sleeping on a 50 lb bag of flour near the checkstand as a toddler. He thoroughly enjoyed all the trappings of growing up in a rural area. Hunting and motorcycles were high on the list of activities that followed him throughout his lifetime.

Chuck graduated from Wapato High School in 1975. He began working at White Swan Lumber Company and later joined Husch & Husch, Inc. completing 24 years of dedicated service. He was in charge of cooking the ribs for the annual customer appreciation Christmas party.

On August 17, 1991 he married Mary Simonson and family life became his number one priority. His daughter, Chelsea, was born soon after and four years later josh arrived. Camping trips, four-wheeling, and bird hunting were some of the activities Chuck loved to do with his kids. He also enjoyed playing golf with his father and brother. Vacation trips to Disneyland, Lincoln City, Wallace, Idaho and the San Juan Islands were treasured family moments. Once the kids were in sports, he never missed an event. He was able to attend six state champion tournaments while Chelsea played soccer and basketball. He was so proud watching Josh play football, basketball, track and golf. He truly loved the St. Joseph Marquette and La Salle community with a strong emphasis on academics and family.

Chuck was a founding member of the Duck Club in Toppenish and took great pride in cooking monster breakfast burritos for anyone who showed up. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. In the past year, he enjoyed playing horseshoes with Ken Gasseling on Sunday afternoons. He was a voracious reader and treasured his Louis L’Amour collection.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; daughter, Chelsea; son, Josh of Wapato; brother, and brother Don (Mary) of Yakima. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Judi. Chuck is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Dr. Tony Ha, radiologist Cheryl Davidson and the wonderful nurses, staff and volunteers at North Star Lodge along with the compassionate nurses and caretakers at Memorial Hospital. You were our angels.

A special thank you to Husch & Husch, Inc. for their continued support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for the education of Josh and Chelsea c/o Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home, 1010 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima, WA 98902.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 13, 2012 at Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home.

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Amy Clark

February 15, 2012

Dear Mary, Chelsea, and Josh,

I remember Chuck as a very positive soul and laughing, friendly face at the St. Joseph Marquette and Strikers' sports games. I am glad he and your family were in Lety's life during the St. Joseph and early high school years. I am very sorry for the loss of your dad and husband. Big holes are in your hearts, but they are ones filled with good memories and a lot of love. Thank God for the blessing of many loving years. (Lety's mom)

Hanna Fischer

February 13, 2012

Chuck's daughter, Chelsea, is one of my best friends so I really got to know Chuck and spend time with him. I have so many memories with this family: camping, four-wheeling, morning breakfasts, sporting events. You name it, Chuck was there. He was huge support to La Salle. Chuck holds a very special place in my heart, and he will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

The Robinetts

February 12, 2012

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Chuck's family. We enjoyed knowing him from the time of White Swan Lumber to the great LaSalle football games. He will be missed.

Mike Teegarden

February 12, 2012

I was saddened to hear of chuck's passing. I remember fondly the times Chuck and I spent together riding motorcycles when we were in high school. Chuck was my locker partner and I smile when I recall how our locker was always stuffed full of Chuck's western novels.

My prayers go out to Mary and the kids. May God bless you and grant you peace to heal from this profound loss.

Valerie Simonson

February 12, 2012

May God Bless the Adkins family in this time. Chuck was a great man.

Carla Journagan

February 11, 2012

Are thought and prayer will be you during this time.

Tonya Hill

February 10, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

February 10, 2012

I will always have Chuck in my thoughts becuase of our childhood. Chuck, Rick and myself were the best motorcylce riders in the neighborhood. We may have not stayed in contact as adults, but a persons childhood is always a speacil time in a person life. Thank you Chuck for being in my life. Sincerly Kristine Hert Turner

Debbie/Bill Splawn

February 10, 2012

Trust in God he will guide you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the next few days.