Charles L. Williams passed from this world into Jesus’ presence the afternoon of July 21, 2021, at Portneuf Medical Center, after a hard-fought battle with a rare form of leukemia. We rejoice as Chuck is now whole and healthy with his Friend and Savior Jesus and is free from all fatigue, pain, and sickness. Chuck was our beloved husband, brother, father, father-in-law, Grandpa Chuck, Opa, and friend who showed us in so many ways to embrace the adventures, beauty, and love that surrounds us each day.
His sense of adventure began with his birth when he was born in Newport, Rhode Island on February 20, 1946, during one of the worst snowstorms on record. His mother was transported through two feet of snow in an Army “deuce-and-a-half” through unplowed streets to the hospital where he was born the first of four sons to Mary Rachel and Richard F. Williams. Chuck’s formative years were spent with brothers Ed, Roger, and Kenny in Michigan and Purdum, Nebraska. The family moved to Idaho in 1959, living in Blackfoot for a time, and eventually settling in Twin Falls, where Chuck met his high-school sweetheart, Marie Warnholz.
Chuck and Marie graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1964 and both attended University of Idaho. The two were married on June 18, 1967. Chuck pursued a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho while in the Navy ROTC program. He later received a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Chuck served in the Navy for four years in Admiral Rickover’s U.S. Naval Reactor’s Office. Chuck and Marie’s three oldest children were born during the time he served in the Navy. Richard was born in 1969 in Albuquerque, NM, John was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1971, and Megan was born in Bethesda, MD in 1973.
The family moved to Pocatello Idaho in 1974, where his son Mark was born in 1982, and youngest son Eric was born in 1984.
Upon moving to Pocatello, Chuck began to work at Alpha Engineering with his father Dick Williams and brothers Ed and Roger. He became President of Alpha when Dick retired. Chuck worked on many projects for Simplot, Ash Grove, Monsanto and the INL. After retiring, he continued to work part-time at Walsh Engineering where he worked until his passing. Chuck was an engineer who lived out the calling and gifts God gave him, and we have heard from many of his peers and co-workers about his brilliance, tenacity, work ethic and his kindness. Many have told us how great an engineer he was and how he was always thinking about a better way to do things. He was a great mentor to younger engineers and was always striving to pass on the craft and profession of engineering.
Chuck leaves a legacy of love for family in he and Marie’s five children, eleven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Their son Richard and wife Shelley have daughter Mariah, husband Nathan and three of their great granddaughters, Lilla, Amelia, and Catalina. They also have son Andrew, wife Chantelle and their two children. Great grandson Charlie, named after Chuck, and great granddaughter Blakelee. Son John has two boys Ethan and Eli who share a love of hiking and the outdoors with their beloved Grampa Chuck. Megan and husband Matt have three children, their oldest son Ryan recently married his own high school sweetheart, Paige; daughter Sarah; and youngest son Ben. Mark and wife Kaitlyn of Redmond, OR, have one son, two-year-old Arthur and are expecting a much-anticipated baby girl in January 2022. Eric and wife Ashley reside in Coeur d’ Alene with their growing, wonderful boys, six-year-old Cedar and two-year-old Atticus.
We could fill a book with stories of Chuck’s love for nature, capturing moments hiking, biking, camping, and exploring, alone or with family and friends. He was a gifted photographer, painter, and avid reader. His legacy lives on through many of his photographs and paintings, cherished by his family. All of Chuck and Marie’s children love to spend time out in nature in a variety of ways. Richard loves to play golf. John and Megan love hiking, biking, and camping. Mark and Eric love the thrill and adventure of biking and rock climbing all over the West.
Family, friends, the gifts and beauty of the outdoors, and his calling as an engineer were all vital parts of Chuck’s life, but his love for Marie and their more than 54-year marriage is one of Chuck’s greatest legacies. Chuck would be the first person to say that yes, “Cancer is awful”, but he never complained, grumbled, or stumbled in his walk with Jesus. Chuck knew he was loved by Jesus and by his beloved wife and family. And he loved all of us so well as a reflection of God’s amazing grace, mercy, and love.
Our family is incredibly thankful for Chuck and Marie’s church family at Grace Lutheran that have loved and cared for our parents and grandparents over the years, especially in the last couple of years during Chuck’s battle with leukemia. Chuck was blessed to be part of Stephen Ministries as a leader and was part of the Men’s group at Grace. We are so thankful for the love, care, and prayers from each of you.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Chuck's name to Lutheran Camp Perkins 219 S. River St. Ste. 203, Hailey, ID 83333, or a charity of your choice would be a wonderful way to honor Chuck's memory.
Services will be held Friday August 20, 2021 at 4pm in the Grace Lutheran Church, 1350 Baldy Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201. Family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Burial will take place privately at a later date.
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