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Obituary: Countryman, Charles Eugene

COUNTRYMAN, Charles Eugene March 26, 1951 - August 14, 2014 Charley was born in Spokane WA at St Luke’s Hospital. He attended Field Elementary School and Glover Junior High. He was an Eagle Scout. On his 18th birthday he enlisted in the USMC and went to boot camp following his graduation from Shadle Park High School in 1969. After Marine Recruit Training in San Diego and Communication School he served in security platoon and as a sentry at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. After his release from active duty he attended SFCC, EWU, and graduated from Fairhaven College WWU with a degree in American Studies. During college he was in the Platoon Leaders program and following graduation attended the USMC Basic Officers School and Communications Officers Course. He was married to Kathleen Person in Bellingham WA in 1976 before receiving orders to Camp Lejeune NC. At Camp Lejeune he served as a Communications Officer in the 2nd Marine Division, 6th Marine Regiment, and 2nd Marines Tank Battalion. After returning to Spokane in 1981 he remained very active in the USMC Reserves at Alpha Battery, Spokane, CINCPAC Hawaii and 4th Landing Support Bttn in Seattle. He retired from the USMCR as a Lt. Colonel. In Spokane he worked for DSHS and was an active member in local 1221 of the Washington Federation of State Employees. His son Andrew was born in 1990. His interests included amateur radio, orienteering, tai chi, hiking, walking, poetry, history, theology, and philosophy. He was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Charley fought a 23 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease with the assistance of his two service dogs, Friday and Peanut. His final battle was with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roxie and Alberta Countryman, and his sister, Theresa Dowell. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Person; his son, Andrew Countryman; his sisters, Vivian Ettinger and Janie Countryman; several nieces and nephews and dear cousins. Funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Tuesday, August 19th at 10am. Burial will be at the Washington State Veteran’s Cemetery, Medical Lake at 1:30pm. Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church or Hospice of Spokane.