Charles died at home on July 27, peacefully, in his sleep.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 6, 1944, to Carrie and Hurley McDaniels. He graduated from Withrow High School in 1964, and then joined the US Navy in the Vietnam Era. He served on the USS Coral Sea. He attended College of the Redwoods in 1968, then Humboldt State University, majoring in Economics. He married Carol Russell on August 6, 1977 at St. Albans’ Episcopal Church.

From an early age, Charles was always working. He repaired wagons, owned vending machines and delivered papers in Cincinnati. He started the Snug Bar in Eureka in the 1970s, operated TP Tarps, remodeled 15 houses in Loleta, Manila and Arcata, then worked at HSU for 18 years, made Charlie’s Chips with Bien Padre, and most recently owned US Recyclers at the Koop as a licensed electronic recycler. In the ‘70s he ran for Eureka City Council, and served on Manila Community Water District board for many years.

Charles had a strong and enduring faith, started at Christ Church Episcopal in Cincinnati. He always remembered the love and acceptance he felt and made many life long friendships. He was a good friend to many and will be greatly missed.

He leaves many loved friends and family. Please know you were all very important in his life. He leaves his wife of 40 years, Carol Russell, his sisters Marilyn Lee and India Silvers, and brother Larry Lee, and many wonderful nieces and nephews who he loved and respected very much. Charles had four older brothers, three of whom also had polycystic kidney disease which caused early kidney failure. He had a 21-year successful kidney transplant and often thanked his wife and excellent medical team of Dr. Richard Wolf, Dr. Allen Mathew and caring staff at Redwood Renal. Please consider being an organ donor.

His wife, Carol, wishes to acknowledge with grateful appreciation all the kind assistance and condolences during bereavement. Arcata Fire District saved his life more than once with their great emergency medical assistance.

If you care to make a donation, Charles loved KHSU, Food for People, and a summer youth camp, Camp Living Waters of St. Albans’ Episcopal, 1675 Chester Ave., Arcata, CA 95521.

Funeral services are at St. Albans’ Church in Arcata, on Sept. 2, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Parish Hall right after the service, at 1675 Chester Ave., Arcata.


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