Charles Wayne "Chuck" Folkins

February 22, 1954 ~ February 15, 2015

Charles Folkins passed away on February 15, 2015 after a nine-month battle with cancer. Chuck was the best husband, father, and friend anyone could ask for, and no one ever had to ask.
He was born in Tucson, AZ on February 22, 1954, to Charles and Ann (Gallaher) Folkins. Chuck graduated from the University of Arizona. He began a career in Vocational Rehabilitation, which took him to a job in Portland, Maine, where he met Mary Rettof, the love of his life. They moved to Vancouver, WA in 1988 with their son, Stephen, and soon celebrated the arrival of their daughter, Theresa. Chuck changed careers, proudly working for Hewlett Packard, from which he took an early retirement.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Mary, who will love him forever; his two children, Stephen and Theresa, who are more like him every day, to their great fortune; his two sisters, Faye (Dick) Miltenberger and Cheryl (Vince) McGinniss; seven nieces and nephews and their twelve children.
A service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vancouver, WA on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., with a memorial reception immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Ray Hickey Hospice House or The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society.

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Published by The Columbian on Feb. 20, 2015.
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So, so sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. He was a co-worker and friend at HP (and after). Such a positive spirit and a caring manner always. I'll miss you, Chuck. Hugs and love to your wonderful family.
Rick Harville
February 24, 2015
My deepest sympathy to All of the Folkins Family. In having had the pleasure to know and work with Chuck for a number of years he was a very soft soul taking life as it would come. Chuck you will be greatly miss among the community of you friends peers and former colleagues. you'll be forever etched in my mind as being a pivotal part of this brief journey we call life. Rest in peace my friend
Sonny Burris
February 23, 2015
When visiting Mary's dear mother Flo toward the end of her life, we fondly remember her asking, "Where's Chuck? I like Chuck." She recognized in him the kindness and loyalty which were the hallmarks of his life. With our sincere condolences and love, Julie, Chris, Nicole and Lauren Bene'
February 23, 2015
Chuck was a true gentleman. He was kind and thoughtful, and a great help to me personally. I will always remember his with gratitude and respect. He was my supervisor for a time and I enjoyed working with him very much. My prayers are with him, and with his family. God bless them, comfort them, and protect them with His grace. ~ Dee Brady, Vancouver, Wa
February 22, 2015
Chuck was my first supervisor at HP. He was a great boss and a kind person. My condolences to the family.
Mary DeFord
February 21, 2015
Our prayers are with Chuck's family. I had the privilege of working with Chuck at Hewlett Packard for many years. He was a kind and friendly person that you enjoyed being around. Chuck was always mentoring others. My wife and I would often run into him at Starbucks, taking time to update what was happening in our lives and the latest news. He will be missed and was honored to be his friend and co-worker.
Dennis A, Connor
February 21, 2015
Such a kind and gentle man, I remember him always with a smile. He was delight working with him at Hewlett Packer .
February 20, 2015
Many loving, kind and prayerful thoughts for Chuck and his wonderful family. May he rest in peace.
With much love and support,
The Leonard Family
Angie Leonard
February 20, 2015
My prayers and condolences go out to Chuck ' s family. I worked with Chuck at Hewlett Packard and from day one, Chuck was the most kind, compassionate, and wonderful person. I worked under Chuck as he was my supervisor. Chuck was a very good man and someone I feel honored to have known.
Lynna Liston
February 20, 2015
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