Charles Harold Broadway
October 14, 1927 – March 31, 2018
Charles Harold Broadway passed away on March 31, 2018 in Albany, OR with his wife by his side.
He was born October 14, 1927 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas to Bonnie Garland Broadway and Katherine Austin.
In 1954, he married Lois Irene Bennett and had four children; Charles “Charlie” (Patsy), Charlene “Sissy” Prince (Jeff), Charlotte “Mackie” Wisdom, and Christopher “Cricket” (Denise) Broadway. The Broadway kids have a special message of “He had a great sense of humor and always tried to find and encourage the good in his kids. We loved him.”
Charles was proceeded in death by Lois Mackie and his siblings.
On May 20, 1972, Charles married Charlotte Anna Bond and helped her raise her children; Kim DiNovi (Mark), Todd (Kelly), Kit Kimball (Guy) and Kari Sloan (Tracy). The Bond kids’ special message is “He was the father we needed who loved us and made us who we are today. We loved him.”
He has 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Charles “Chuck” Broadway was a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He earned Bronze Stars with Oak Cluster. He also earned airborne wings. He was a master parachutist in the 101st Airborne Division. He had been a drill sergeant. Chuck completed two combat tours in Vietnam where he was a platoon sergeant and then a first sergeant of Company D. He was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He was presented with the Air Medal for more than 25 aerial missions over hostile territory. He received several certificates of appreciation. His army rank at retirement was First Sergeant. Through his service, he has brought credit to himself, his organization, and the United States Army.
Chuck and Charlotte were long-time friends and companions and were very much in love. They both mucked it up now and then, but always found unity. They both enjoyed sports (skiing, dancing, cycling and tennis were among the favorites), card games and music. Chuck was an avid football fan and a good golfer. He was a whiz at crossword puzzles. He especially enjoyed caring for the deer, birds, quail and even the coyotes at Crooked River Ranch. Their walks with their chihuahua Lulu were very special.
Chuck had a fantastic sense of humor and was often the life of the party. He loved and was loved.
It took a village of family, friends, caregivers and many others. The family thanks you all.
A memorial service will be held at the Albany Golf and Event Center (formerly Springhill Golf Club) in Albany, OR on May 12 from noon to four.
Special thanks to Amedisys In Home Care, Blair House AFH and AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home.
If you would like to donate in Chuck’s name, please contact the non-profit Grace Center for Adult Services (980 NW Spruce Ave Corvallis, OR 97330).