Baker City, Oregon
Charles Albert Zacharias, 70, of Baker City, died May 13, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
A memorial service to honor Charlie’s life will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Charlie’s friends and support staff will conduct the service.
Charlie was born on May 15, 1933, in Umatilla County to Eugene V. and Martha Schindler Zacharias. He spent some of his earlier years in Salem.
Charlie moved to Baker City in 1986 and lived in one of the Step Forward Activities group homes. He participated in the vocational program until the time of his death.
Charlie made many friends in Baker City and enjoyed life here. Some of the things Charlie enjoyed included going for long walks around Baker City, attending the movies at the Eltrym, eating in a variety of restaurants and going to the lake or the river for a leisurely afternoon with friends. Charlie enjoyed music and he could be heard humming his favorite song, “You Are My Sunshine.”
Charlie had great determination, and faced any obstacle in his life with dignity and courage.
He is survived by his many friends and “family” at Step Forward Activities and in Baker City. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Memorial contributions may be made to Step Forward Activities through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 21, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor