Our devoted father, husband, and friend Charles Everett Woodson (“aka” Chuck) passed away on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 at his home in Sugarloaf, California. He apparently could not wait to be reunited with his wife of 25 years Gail Anne Woodson, who also recently passed away January 11th, 2021. Chuck leaves behind his children Ethan and Randee Woodson, Gracien Wood, and his “bonus” sons Landon and Deanna Tymochko and Dale Tymochko. Chuck loved his grandchildren Austin and Anya Tymochko, and Roland Downey, deeply. Chuck will also be sorely missed by his many close friends, particularly Michael & Cathy Wadsworth, and Wendell & Lana Houck. He also left behind his beloved dogs Summer and Bella.
Chuck was the adopted son of Dale and Louise Woodson, growing up in the small central valley town of Galt, California and graduated from Galt High in 1965. After high school, Chuck joined the US Army and served with distinction during the Vietnam War in the 1st Air Calvary Division, where he was involved in combat operations as a CH-35 “Chinook” crew chief. Upon his return from the war, Chuck spent two years in Pennsylvania where he began his career in steel fabrication. He returned to Sacramento, California and worked for Perkins Steel & Gerlinger Steel, retiring in 2013.
Chuck and Gail originally met during a trip to Knotts Berry Farm in 1966 where the spent the day enjoying the theme park with friends, and Chuck showing off his ’57 Chevy. After many years they were once again reunited while volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America in 1993. Soon their love blossomed, and they were married and resided in Elk Grove, California, where they lived together for over 20 years. Most recently Chuck & Gail moved to the southern California mountain community of Big Bear, where they lived for the last five years, thoroughly enjoying their retired mountain life.
All who knew Chuck would agree that he was fiercely patriotic. He proudly wore his various hats affirming his status as a Vietnam Veteran and often participated in local parades or planting flags on Memorial Day or Veterans Day as a member of the VFW or American Legion. Chuck also had a creative streak and loved to build cool stuff out of steel. He was a man who lived a full life. In his youth he was adventurous, riding broncos in the rodeo, racing cars at the local track, and exploring the mountains in his red 1965 CJ5 rock crawler Jeep. In his later years, he was Gail’s “cowboy,” a lovingly devoted husband who poured all his love and attention into making their life together a happy one. His loss leaves an enormous hole in our hearts, but we rest in the knowledge that Chuck is once again reunited in peace for eternity with his beloved “cowgirl” Gail. We love you and miss you Papa.
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