TEMPLE—Charles (Chuck) Frances Temple, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away March 3, 2021, at the age of 98.
Chuck was born in North Platte, Neb., to Charles Francis Temple and Jenny Grace (Beeler) Temple, the youngest of seven children. He grew up in Bellflower, Calif., and graduated from Excelsior High School in 1940.
At age 20, Chuck became a Marine Corps fighter pilot during World War II, joining shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was severely wounded during the Battle of Okinawa, when his Hellcat crashed on takeoff during an enemy bombing raid.
Chuck spent several years in hospitals recuperating from his injuries. He returned to flying and finally left the Marine Corps in 1949 to attend college.
On July 8, 1950 he married Mary Jane Jordan in Los Angeles, Calif. They raised five children: Mary, Charles, James, Gerald and Joan. They were married for 32 years, until Mary’s passing in 1982.
He attended the University of California Santa Barbara, graduating in 1952 with a degree in Industrial Engineering.
‘Following college, he taught school and, later, was a successful industrial and magnetics engineer in the aerospace industry of Southern California.
In 1960, he moved his family to Eugene, Ore., to join his two older brothers, Joeseph and Bernard, in the cabinet business. He and his brothers ran Temple Counter Tops for 31 years.
Chuck married Dorotha Rasor in 1983.
In 1987, he retired and moved to Florence, Ore., where he taught woodworking at Lance Community College for 10 years.
He also remained active with his home woodshop, creating masterpieces for many. He was an active member of the Lion’s club, Kiwanis and Elks clubs. His favorite morning activity was joining the daily coffee club at the Florence Airport, with several of his friends, until he moved back to Eugene in 2018.
For the last two-and-a-half years, Chuck lived independently at the Springs at Greer Gardens, making many new friends, and was part of the Veterans Club there.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his six siblings, and his wife Mary.
He is survived by his children: Joann McPherson (Victor McPherson), Mary Temple Bosak (Robert Bosak), Charles Temple (Judy Temple), James Temple (Colleen Temple), Jerry Temple (Gloria Temple), Joan Temple McIntyre (Brooks McIntyre), and Stephanie Rasor Milner (Kevin Milner), along with his 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
There will be a military service with full honors, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland for the family. Later this spring, there will be a Celebration of Life, with details to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Springs at Greer Gardens Employee fund.
Arrangements entrusted to Musgrove Family Mortuary. Access the obituary and you are invited to sign the guestbook at musgroves.com.