Obituary for Charles Leroy "Chuck" Fagan
Charles L. Fagan, 93, passed away December 5, 2017 at Summer Hill Assisted Living where he has resided for 2 ½ years. He was the husband of Mary Gene Fagan, who passed away on Nov. 19, 2002. They were married in Oak Harbor in 1948 and were long-time residents of Oak Harbor.
Chuck was born in East Stanwood, Washington, and was the first born son of Charles Marion Fagan & Willa Marie Smith. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School where he was on the baseball team. He drove a truck for Carnation and a truck for the county in his early years before joining the Army Air Corp, serving during WW II. He moved to Oak Harbor in 1947, rooming with Butch and Adrianna Wieldraayer. He credits them with leading him to Christ and his lifelong passion of living life as a Christian. He married Mary Gene Atwood on June 25, 1948 in a garden wedding at the bride’s family home. He was recalled to serve in the US Air Force during the Korean War. When he returned he worked at a variety of jobs before settling into his long time employment as co-owner of Piston Service. After retiring and taking a long trip to Alaska he took a part-time position with the Dodge Garage in the parts department.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and prior to that, the First Reformed Church. He loved serving the Lord and taught Sunday school & was in the choir. One of his greatest pleasures was being in a men’s quartet for many, many years. He also sang duets with Mary Gene and others for special music, weddings, etc.
Throughout his life he played or was part of many groups: a ping-pong group that played at Pete Fakkema’s, inter-island baseball teams, basketball, tennis, bowling leagues, and golfing and being there for the early beginnings of the Whidbey Golf Club. He also really enjoyed hunting for deer, elk and even mountain goat. He loved the men he hunted with every year and always had great stories about their many adventures. He made friends easily and cherished them all, was always glad to visit and share a coffee, lunch or dinner.
He is survived his daughter Cheri (Gary) Hayes of Apple Valley, CA, Sons Randy (Kathy) Fagan and Kevin of Oak Harbor. He is also survived by grandchildren Sean (Nancy) Fagan, Skeeter Fagan, Kenyon (Jack) Blaine, Cory Mills, Kelly (Chris) Yonke and great-grandchildren Joanna and Katie Blaine, Jackson Mills, Isabelle and Archer Yonke and Skooter Fagan
A memorial service will be Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Oak Harbor. Military Honors will be performed by the McChord Air Force Base Honor Guard. Memorial donations may be made to First Methodist Church of Oak Harbor or to the American Diabetes Association. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com.