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Charles “Chuck” Jay Dovey

June 09, 1949 - March 01, 2022

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Obituary For Charles “Chuck” Jay Dovey

Charles “Chuck” Jay Dovey
June 9, 1949 - March 1, 2022
Chuck passed quietly away at the age of 72 of an apparent heart attack at his long-time residence in Renton, surrounded by his beloved pets. Born to Donald and Leota (Hancock) Dovey in Tacoma, he was the youngest of their four children.

Chuck grew up in Parkland and was active in Boy Scouts and DeMolay. He graduated from Franklin Pierce High School in 1968 and Green River Community College in 1972.

After high school, Chuck enlisted in the Navy Reserves only to be called to active duty shortly after. He spent time in Vietnam and returned from the war proud of his service. He became politically aware and active, open to diversity and alternative cultural ideas and cuisine.

In the mid-70s, Chuck purchased a house in Renton which he remodeled and lived in for the remainder of his life.

Chuck was employed in the warehouse for a few different places, most notably Lucks Bakery Supply for 35 years.

After retirement in 2006, Chuck would take the occasional job as a class “c” commercial driver, working at beer fests for Piecora’s Pizza, where he would transport and set up beer trailers. He loved a good beer, Bloody Mary or margarita—the pizza was a bonus. He could be relied on to assist anyone who needed a hand—from changing a tire, helping move to a new home, driving a load of stuff to the dump in his truck to watching your pet or child when needed. Chuck loved animals and always had at least one pet, if not more.

Chuck was reliable, thoughtful and a quiet supporter of his friends. He loved to share good food; whether baking his own bread, shopping at IKEA for pickled herring or meeting friends in Chinatown for Dim Sum.

Chuck loved the television shows from the sixties including Perry Mason, The Three Stooges, Japanese monster films and classic film noir. He was an avid shutterbug as evidenced by his large collection of photographs of family, friends, pets, scenery from his travels, attendance at various festivals or anything that piqued his interest.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brothers James (Margaret) and Richard (Eleanor) and his sister Donna (Ken) Buster, several nieces and nephews and many friends, all of whom brought him endless joy. He will be remembered for his smile, laugh, wit, caring and helpful nature, as well as his photography, many collections, and especially his love for his pets, friends and family, and of course, we will always remember his trademark attire—suspenders.

Please consider donations to Home-Freedom Service Dogs or Home-Purrfect Pals.

Military honors on April 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA.

“Death and sorrow will be the companions of our journey; hardship our garment; constancy and valor our only shield”….Winston Churchill

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  • 05/12/2022

    Chuck was an amazing character, and Lou and I will always remember him. He helped us see when otherwise we would still be blind. Lou & Chris Gurganious

  • 04/26/2022

    I have known the Dovey family my whole life also. Lee & Marie Nelson we're my parents and Leota used to babysit me when my Mom worked at the auto parts store. Chucky and I got along very well & I was surprised to see his name! Love to his family and friends. Sheila Hostetler

  • 04/20/2022

    Chuck was an active member and shop steward at Teamsters Local 117. His work was a benefit to the members he worked with and the union as a whole. He was a supporter of the rights of working families to be treated fairly and earn a good compensation for their labor. He made a positive difference. Condolences to his family and friends on your loss of a good man.

  • 04/19/2022

    I have known the Dovey family my entire life. One thing that I remember about Chuck was his smile and how nice he was. He will be missed. The world would be a better place if more people were like him. Jim Chafe

  • 04/18/2022

    Very sad to hear of Chuck's untimely passing. I was his Union Representative at Teamsters Local 117 and met Chuck when he worked at Lucks Co. Chuck was a hard working, kind, compassionate and loyal person. He was a great supporter of his Union and always ready to help out whenever needed. It was my honor to know him and represent him for part of his working years. Very sorry we have lost him. Sincere condolences to his family. Joe Tessier President, Teamsters Local Union 117 (Retired)

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