La Grande, Oregon
Charles E. Carrel, 80, of La Grande, died Jan. 7. A memorial service took place at the Shangri La RV Resort in Yuma, Ariz. Johnsons Mortuary in Yuma was in charge of arrangements.
Charles was born Feb. 21, 1927, in Deweese, Neb., to Joseph and Anne Carrel. He grew up in Nebraska and married Norma Snyder on Dec. 3, 1951, in Faibury, Neb. The couple moved to La Grande in 1969 and had two children, Lance and Pamela.
Charlie owned and operated the Texaco Station at Greenwood and Adams in La Grande for 12 years and then was a courier for ESD. After retiring, he and his wife were work-campers in various RV parks across the country including at Dollywood in Pigeon Fork, Tenn. They spent their winters in Yuma at Shangri La RV Resort for 18 years. He loved his family, enjoyed visiting with people and playing cards. He also loved traveling and camping. His last wish was to spend his winter at Shangri La, which he was able to do until he died.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma; son, Lance and his wife, Kolleen Carrel of La Grande; daughter, Pamela Counsell of La Grande; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Rene Campbell of Yuma; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and a brother.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Hospice of Yuma.
La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending January 19, 2008 -Published Jan. 18, 2008