Feb 2009 Central Oregonian - On line

Charles Williams

Charles Edward Williams, 89, passed away Feb. 11 at a Bend assisted living center.

Born Jan. 30, 1920, in Portland, Ore.n, Charles was a lifetime resident of Powell Butte, 
where his parents Edward and Adeline Olsen Williams established a farm in the 1910s. An 
avid outdoorsman, he climbed local Cascade Mountains and hills as a youth with his friend 
Paul "Bud" Spillman.

As a child he enjoyed visits to San Francisco with his mother who studied operatic singing 
there. From her, he inherited his love of classical music.

His studies in geology and anthropology at the University of Chicago were interrupted by 
World War II. He returned home to help his parents run their farm. In 1945, he married 
Helen Ayres and continued working the potato and grain farm until the mid-1960s when it 
was sold. He then joined the Central Oregon Irrigation District, where he worked until he 
retired in 1990. A stint as chairman of the Crook County Library Board of Trustees was 
spurred by his passion for reading, particularly history and biography.

He's survived by four children: Paul of Salem; Mark of Portland; Roanna Day of Roseville, 
Calif.; and Jennie Williams-Powers of Prineville; plus four grandchildren and five 
great-grandchildren.

Instead of flowers, donations to the Central Oregon Hospice or the Crook County Library 
would be appreciated.