Obit Charles McCray

Charles Lyle McCray

Charles Lyle McCray went to heaven on August 9, 2020 peacefully at home in Lewiston, Idaho. Charles was born August 5, 1933 in Sharon, Oklahoma to Virgil and Esther (Young) McCray. They lived there until Charles was 14 years old. The family then moved to Wendell, Idaho. At age seventeen he went into the Air Force. After a year he came home on leave and met Eva Clampitt. Three days later they were married on April 14, 1952. They were married for a total of 68 years.

The Air Force took them to Texas where the oldest child Jimmy was born, then New Mexico where the second child Susan was born.

After retiring from the Air Force they returned to Wendell. That is when they had their third child Charles the 2nd. Later they moved to Pierce, Idaho where he worked at the Potlatch Jaype Mill. He retired 30 years later. During that time they had their last child Deanna.

In November of 2019, they sold the family house in Pierce to move to Lewiston with the youngest child Deanna.

Because of Deanna and her son Andrew he lived at home until he peacefully passed away.

He was preceded in death by a sister Betty Lou, dad Virgil, mom Esther, brother Bill and his son Charles the 2nd.

He is survived by his wife Eva, son Jimmy (Becky) McCray, daughter Susan (Don) Knieling, daughter Deanna (Travis) Masters, two sisters Grace and Joanne, grandkids Jimmy the 2nd, Mathew, Rachel, Samantha, Christina, Charles the 3rd, Elizabeth, Andrew, Gina, many great grandkids, nieces and nephews, and one great great grandchild on the way.

Charles enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.

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