CHARLES SAM "COACH" FURNO

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Obituary


CHARLES SAM "COACH" FURNO
February 1, 1921 ~ March 17, 2013

Another member of the "Greatest Generation," Chuck "Coach" Furno, a lifelong resident of Vancouver, Washington passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on March 17, 2013. He was born in Vancouver as the second child of Charlie and Gladys Furno, Italian immigrants. He attended school in Vancouver and graduated from the original Vancouver High School.
After graduating from high school, Chuck attended Willamette University on a football scholarship and was a member of the Willamette "Pearl Harbor" football team. The team had played a game in Hawaii on December 6, 1941 and Chuck witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor out the window while eating breakfast. The football team members were given rifles and put on guard duty at the high school which was also the ammunition supply storage. The team returned home on Christmas day on a hospital ship where they helped with burn victims from the attack. Upon returning home, the football team joined the service - with Chuck in the Air Force as a P-38 fighter pilot in the South Pacific. He continued in the Army Reserve and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
At the end of the war, Chuck returned to Willamette to complete his degree and met his future wife, Zephne "Zip" Given. They were married in 1948 and after a few months teaching in Hermiston, Oregon, they returned to Vancouver where Chuck taught history and began his coaching career. Chuck had a long and illustrious career as football coach and mentor to many young people. He was well known for his lifelong support and commitment to youth sports, and for the many lives he impacted during his years of teaching and coaching. He retired in 1981 as the Athletic Director for Vancouver School District.
Coach Furno continued to maintain contact with many football players, some visiting him just days before his passing. Each year, he enjoyed class reunions with students from his years of coaching, and he often joined several groups of students who regularly meet for lunch in Vancouver.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, and his wife Zip.
He is survived by his two daughters, Susan Powell (Jack) of Hillsboro, Oregon and Janet Leffler (Jim) of Kalama, Washington; four grandchildren, Kathy Powell, Michael Powell, C.J. Leffler, and Mary Bozarth; and four great-grandchildren.
Please join family and friends with a Celebration of Life for Chuck on Sat., April 13, 2013th at 1:00 p.m. at The Quay in Vancouver, WA.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits

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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 19, 2013
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