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Obituary: Hoisington, Charles Warren

Age 85

HOISINGTON, Charles Warren (Age 85) Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Charles Warren Hoisington passed away Friday, February 1, 2013 in Phoenix Arizona at the age of 85. He was born to Warren and Cora Hoisington, March 16, 1927 in Montesano, WA. During the early years, the family moved following depression/war era employment, returning frequently to the property on Skookum Creek near Usk, WA. In 1943-1944 Charles attended North Central High School in Spokane where he met his lifelong hunting buddy and devoted friend, Lee Weston. Having the inspiration and drive of a farmer, Charles returned to Skookum Creek in 1944, and with his father began to develop a much loved and successful family farm. With World War II going on he enlisted in the Navy in 1945 and served on a destroyer in the Pacific. After serving for a year and a half, the war ended and he was discharged from service; returning back to the farm in 1946. Charles met his future wife, Lyla Bailey, in 1947 at a 4-H function; they were married June 10, 1950. His lifetime work was as a farmer, logger, and county road department employee. He retired in 1989. Charles and Lyla traveled extensively in the Southwest, finally purchasing a winter home in Quartzsite AZ. They enjoyed exploring the desert beauty and valued friendships. His interests included travel, outdoor activities, history, woodworking and activities with his grandchildren. He worked hard. He played hard. His kindness and humor and a knack for solving problems was a strength that carried him through many situations. Charles and Lyla have three children, giving them the values and riches of the heart and land. Community was of importance, having served on the Cusick School Board, Cattleman’s Association, Pend Oreille County Fairboard, 4-H, Grange and agriculture organizations. He was respected and appreciated throughout the county. His parents preceded Charles in death. He is survived by his wife, Lyla of 62 years; his sister Alice Carstens; daughters Gail Mitchell (Robert) and Nancy Hoisington; and son David Hoisington (Rachel); seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. His presence in our lives was and is the strong focal point that influenced our daily lives. He taught us well, he loved us well, and our gratitude and love will go on forever through the generations. Services will be Saturday, February 16th, at 1:00 at the Dalkena Community Church followed by interment at Newport Cemetery. All are invited to attend the celebration of his life and potluck dinner at the Usk Community Center after the service. Visitation will be held Friday, February 15th, 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pend Oreille County Historical Society and the Usk Community Center. SHERMAN-KNAPP FUNERAL HOME in NEWPORT is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at


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