Charles Taze Leder Jr.
February 16, 1929 - August 20, 2016
Charles Taze Leder Jr., 87, passed away at his Lewiston home Saturday, August 20, 2016 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was born February 16, 1929 in Corvallis, Ore. to Charles and Mabel (Smith) Leder.
Our dad loved many things, his passion was playing Country-western music. He had the gift of playing many different instruments. He played music in a number of different bands, his favorite was with his best friend, Billy Joe and the Green River Boys.
He also enjoyed working in his woodworking shop and grew the best gardens with a Master Gardener certification to prove it. He was generous with his harvest and family and friends were the happy recipients.
Dad started his working career as a logger in Moyie Springs, Idaho. He worked for many years in Oregon and Idaho. He loved working in the woods and being outdoors. After back surgery, he couldn’t work in logging any longer so he moved to Medford, Ore. in 1965 and became employed with Diamond Cabinets and remained there until he retired in 1991.
Charles married Carol Parker in Reno, Nev. in 1948. They had four children through this union. They later divorced.
Charles married Leota Cherry in 1964 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Leota had two sons from a previous marriage. After the death of his wife of 38 years, dad moved to Lewiston to be closer to his family where he remained until his death.
Charles is survived by daughters, Bobbie (Doug) Grovom of Lenore, Kathy (Lynn) White and Sherrie (Jerry) Wassmuth both of Lewiston; son, Roger (Ronda) Leder of Clarkston; brother, Hartley King of Bonners Ferry; sisters, Adeline Britton of Grants Pass, Ore. and Jane Plemmons of Corvallis, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Charles was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Melville King and Gene Leder; sisters, Edith (King) Ciskowski and Gladys (Leder) Burger; and stepsons, Keith Shipp and Jerry Currothers.
A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th St., Lewiston. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. September 1, 2016 at Memory Gardens Memorial Park, 1395 Arnold Lane, Medford, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Elite Home Health and Hospice in Clarkston.