Charles (Chuck) Harry Gotham, lifelong resident of the Colville area, was born June 29, 1928 at the family home at Blue Point to Harry C. and Clara (Bonette) Gotham. Chuck passed away on March 16, 2012 following a courageous battle with cancer. He attended a one-room school at Blue Point through eighth grade, Chewelah High School until his senior year, and then graduated from Colville High School in 1946. Chuck was raised on a cattle ranch at Blue Point and worked at Draper Sawmill in Colville. He was briefly married and divorced. one son, Jim, was born was born from that marriage. Chuck joined the Air Force in 1950 and spent a year overseas in the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in December 1953 with various Korean Service metals and a Bronze Star. He was discharged from the Air Force Reserve in December 1958. Chuck then returned to the ranch at Blue Point. Chuck married Rose Marie Lundquist on Oct. 8, 1955. They made their home on the ranch until 1959. Chuck attended the Washington State Patrol Academy. He was stationed in Vancouver and then moved back to Colville and started his law enforcement career with the Colville City Police Department and then the Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s Department. He retired from the Stevens County Juvenile Department in 2001. Chuck continued his love of working the land on his ranch throughout the years. He was a great craftsman when it came to replacing farm equipment parts to creating and inventing his own. He was a wealth of knowledge in any time of need for both family and friends. He had great love, respect and joy for his wife, children and grandchildren. Chuck was a 4-H Leader for over 20 years, a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Addy Grange, Stevens County Underwater Rescue, Eagles Lodge, VFW, Arden Community Club and was a very active community volunteer. He is survived by his wife, Rose at the home; by his sister, Caroline (Grant) Dotts, Sr., Colville. He is also survived by three sons, Mike (Lynn), Gary (Suzie) and Bryan (Deb) Gotham, all of Colville; nine grandchildren, Casey, Chris (Sarah), Justin (Doreen), Kevin, Kaylynn (Chris), Chase (Shauntie), Tanya (Joe), Hanna and Logun and nine great-grandchildren, Kendra, Taylor, Rylee Jo, Mason, Molly, Justee, Aedan, Austin, and Marlee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother and sister, Joyce.
A memorial service will be held at Colville Community Church Saturday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will be provided following the service. Memorials â€“ St. Paul Lutheran Church, Opie/Coxie Foundation, 1030 Olympic Way, Colville. Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane WA 99202.