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Charles Courey, Sr.
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Charles Jerome Courey, Sr passed away peacefully after visiting with his family on March 18, 2018 in Walnut Creek, California at the age of 84, after a six-year journey battling cancer. Charles is survived by 1 sister, two brothers, his wife of 56 years, three children and four grandchildren.

Charles was born on September 9, 1933 in Lennox, South Dakota to Samuel and Mabel (Salem) Courey, one of eleven brothers and sisters. He grew up working at his parent's grocery store. Charles was not only a school athlete and played football, basketball and baseball, but was also the Homecoming King and played the saxophone in the high school band. Charles, who also became an officer in the Air Force, went to college at the University of South Dakota and graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After graduation, he decided to move out west and was accepted into the MBA program from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1960. Charles met his wife out west and was married on November 25, 1961 and had 3 children. Charles began working for the University of California as a budget director in 1960 and worked his way up to the Chief Financial Officer, where he retired in 1996. Charles was a faithful Catholic and member of Moraga's Santa Monica's church, He was a generous donator, including setting up an annual college fund at the University of South Dakota. He was an active and dedicated member of the Planning Executive & Institute from 1970-1978. He was a loving husband and a devoted father and grand-father.

His Chapel Blessing was held on March 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Hulls Walnut Creek Chapel followed by a burial service at the St Helena Public Cemetery. He will have a special place in heaven and will be dearly missed by all those who knew him.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hull’s Walnut Creek Chapel

1139 Saranap Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94595-1119

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Saint Helena Cemetery

2461 Spring St
St. Helena, CA 94574


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