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In Memoriam

Richard "Dick" Charles
July 1, 1946 - June 18, 2006

From The Dalles Chronicle
June 20, 2006

Richard "Dick" Charles

Richard "Dick" Charles, 59, of Redmond, Washington (formerly of The Dalles, Oregon), died on June 18, 2006 at home.

He was born on July 1, 1946 in The Dalles, the son of Raymond and Maxine Charles. He was raised in The Dalles and graduated from The Dalles High School and the University of Idaho. He married Phyllis Unzicker on March 25, 1970 in Moscow, Idaho.

He was a captain in the Air Force and served two tours of duty as a pilot in Vietnam. Following his service in the Air Force, he worked in several private sector companies, including EDS and Lincoln National Life Insurance Company before relocating with his family to Kirkland in 1978.

He worked for the John A. Soderberg Company and The Merz Agency and then founded his own business, The Charles Group in 1986. His company was in both Kirkland and Redmond and specialized in health insurance benefits and related insurance services. He sold his business and entered semi-retirement in late 2005. He was a Certified Life Underwriter, a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, a member of the King County Association of Health Underwriters and served as President of the East King County Estate Planning Council.

He also served on the Holy Family School Board and Athletic Association and coached both basketball and soccer. The family moved to Redmond in 1991 and became members of St. Jude's Catholic Church. In his leisure time he enjoyed all aspects of aviation, traveling, gardening and most importantly, spending time at his retreat in Chelan, Wash.

In addition to his wife, Phyllis, survivors include son David R. Charles, Sammamish, Wash.; daughter Katie A. Middlebrook, San Francisco; two sisters Margi Charles Adams, Chelan; and Kate Barrett, Sacramento, Calif.; and one granddaughter.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 22, at Flintofts Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah. A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m., Friday, June 23, at St. Jude Catholic Church, 10526 166th Ave NE, Redmond. A committal service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 24, at St. Peters Cemetery, 1111 Cherry Heights Road, The Dalles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Francis Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1089, Chelan, Washington 98816.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's on-line guest book at www.flintofts.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home.