July 8, 1933 - April 27, 2017
Charles Harve Timberman, 83, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017. He was born July 8, 1933 in Huron, South Dakota to Galen and Sarah Timberman.
Due to the Dust Bowl and losing the farm in South Dakota, the family moved to Oregon City with the two older boys traveling in a railroad car along with four other families to protect their belongings.
Chuck's brother, John hired him to help in a paper route. Chuck then drove a bookmobile for the Oregon City library when he obtained his driver's license. At age 18 he was a Forest Service lookout on Thunder Mountain. Oregon City Paper Mill was next. He then became a radio operator for the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis. While at Oregon State University, working to obtain his bachelor of science in forestry, he worked at Wren Guard Station. After graduation he was employed at Steam Boat Ranger Station and later helped to establish Wolf Creek Job Corp Center. In 1966 he was at the Wallowa Whitman Ranger District in La Grande, then worked at Tiller Ranger District and retired in 1987 from the Klamath National Forest at the Supervisor's Office as a forest silviculturist.
His vacations were comprised of traveling to the Southwest in the winter where it was warm and he didn't have to put on tire chains. He became interested in cactus and other succulents; Timbermanor Nursery was created and eventually joined the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market. There was also a trip to China for the People-to-People Program in Forestry. He traveled to Norway and drove around the United States, including Alaska by way of Yellowstone and Huron, South Dakota; and to Churchill to see the polar bears by train starting at Vancouver, BC.
Chuck belonged to the Lions Club for 50 years and also the Society of the American Foresters and the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market where he was known as “The Cactus Man.”
He was a very intelligent, nice man with encyclopedic knowledge of many subjects including plants, geology, mythology, photography, and geography. He had a witty sense of humor with a very wide experience of the odd and unusual.
When Chuck and June were married in 1979 they combined his four and her three children. In addition to his wife, June, he is survived by his daughters, Laurie, Toni, and Leslie; his son, Jeff; June's daughters, Diane and Ellen; and her son, John; his grandchildren, Mike, Rachael, Sarah, Joe, and Jenny; and June's grandchild, Andrea; great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Holly, Kayla, and Owen; and three siblings, Doris, Joan, and John. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Cole and Allan; and sisters, Carol, Liz, and Pat.
There will be a remembrance from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the family home. Friends are invited to bring food, tell stories, and have a good time - just what Chuck would like.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Sight and Hearing Center.
Arrangements are in care of Perl Funeral Home. www.perlfuneralhome.com.