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Charles Lionell Huffman

September 8, 1927 - June 16, 2017 

Charles Lionell Huffman, 89, passed away peacefully June 16, 2017 at his home in Medford, Oregon. He was born September 8, 1927 in Dardanelle, Arkansas to Charles E. Huffman and Nellie June Rutledge Huffman.      

Chuck began working at a very young age picking cotton alongside his father. Although he went to school for a few years, he did not complete high school. Instead, he got his first driver's license at the age of 13 and began driving trucks and making local deliveries of newspapers and movie reels to movie houses. In his very early teens the family moved from Arkansas to California to begin work in the Oakland Shipyards. Chuck often told the story of how he, as a very young lad, is the one who drove his father, mother, and four siblings across country.    

Chuck started driving trucks while still in his teens, first with the family logging business, then as an independent driver traveling most of the West Coast. He continued to drive locally with a construction company into his 80s.    

Chuck married Louise Holly in December of 1950. They had three children, Roberta, Peggy, and Charles (Skeet). The family lived in Selma and Grants Pass before moving to Medford in the summer of 1963. They have lived in the same house since 1964. Chuck and Louise would have celebrated their 67th anniversary in December of this year.

Chuck was a loving, hard-working, generous man. He loved his family passionately. He loved to garden and happily shared the vegetables from his garden with family, friends, neighbors, and even the office staff of his doctors. He was a storyteller with a quick wit. Chuck never met a stranger, and loved to share his many stories and jokes with all  whom he met. His blue eyes would twinkle and he very often couldn't finish without breaking into a laugh himself. He was loved and respected, and will be missed by everyone who had the joy of knowing him.    

Chuck is survived by his wife, Louise; his daughter, Roberta Huffman Gorton of North Port, Florida; his daughter, Peggy Huffman Miller of Medford, Ore.; sons-in-law, Fred Gorton and Jim Miller; five grandchilren; two step-granddaughters; and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two 

brothers, one sister, and many nieces and nephews.    

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Nellie Huffman; his son, Charles (Skeet) Huffman; and one brother.  

Honoring Chuck's wishes, there will be no memorial service.

Charles Lionell Huffman