Charles Wieland Jr., 93, peacefully passed away in his sleep May 17, 2019, at Sharon Care Center in Centralia, Wash. He was born Jan. 20, 1926, to parents, Charles and Eva in Philadelphia, Pa., joining sisters, Eva, Mildred and Miriam.
Jan. 19, 1944, just before his 18th birthday, Charles enlisted in the United States Navy and served three years in the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign during World War II, earning three medals.
Charles met his future wife, Joyce Helen Anderson at a United Service Organizations dance, while stationed in Bremerton, Wash. They married June 15, 1946.
He began his 30 year career at the Washington State Highway Department in 1947, retiring in 1977. He became a minister in 1985.
Charles was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joyce, July 15, 2001.
He is survived by their three children, Greg (Christal), Rick (Peggy) and Susan Janke (Frank); nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-greatgrandsons; and his dear companion, Marlys Holmgren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Napavine Assembly of God Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Sharon Care Center Activity Department or the Lewis County Animal Shelter.