Charles H. ‘Pappy’ Furneaux

Charles H. “Pappy” Furneaux Jr., 83, a longtime resident of Oak Harbor, died at his home Nov. 5, 2002, following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Furneaux was born Aug. 21, 1919, in Newton, Mass., to Charles H. Furneaux and Florence G. (McPhee) Furneaux. He attended school in Newton and graduated from high school in that area. Following high school graduation, he enlisted in the Navy, serving in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During World War II, he was stationed in the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific. He retired in 1978 as a master chief having served his country for 34 years.

On Sept. 12, 1944, Mr. Furneaux married Shirley Slocomb in Traverse City, Mich. The couple lived in Trinidad, Jacksonville and Key West, Fla.; San Diego, Calif.; and Memphis, Tenn., before coming to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Following his retirement from the Navy, he worked at the Texaco Refinery in Anacortes and in maintenance at TSI. He also was active as a volunteer at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station Hospital and in retired veterans activities.

Mr. Furneaux attended the base chapel. He was an ardent fly fisherman and taught fly-tying at Skagit Valley College.

Mr. Furneaux is survived by two daughters, Carol McCallion and husband Dan Branscum of Langley, and Sherylann Furneaux of Oak Harbor; grandchildren Charles C. Barnes of San Diego, Calif., Loriann Bake of Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and David Thomas Marshall of Wenatchee; and a sister, Lori MacMath of Danville, Calif. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, on June 3, 2001, and by a son, Charles Furneaux III, on July 22, 1996.

A graveside memorial will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Maple Leaf Cemetery, Oak Harbor, with the Rev. Jim Lindus officiating. A reception will follow at the CPO Club.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Whidbey Island Chapter 47, P.O. Box 296, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, or to Easter Seals, P.O. Box 06506, Chicago, IL 60606-9811. Arrangements and cremation are under direction of Burley Funeral Chapel.

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