Charles Wayne Fleser (Chuck)

Charles Wayne Fleser (Chuck)

Charles (Chuck) Wayne Fleser

March 14, 1952 - May 22, 2008

Chuck Fleser was born March 14, 1952 to Lowell and Wilma Fleser in Enterprise, Ore. As an infant, he moved with his family to Medford, Ore., where his parents had met and married. Chuck grew up in Medford and graduated from Medford Senior High in 1970, where he was a member of the state football championship team. After high school, Chuck moved to Minam and purchased an old school house on the hill above the Wallowa River. He resided there for several years and temporarily moved to Portland and Medford, only to return to his beloved home in Minam.

He was an avid outdoorsman and environmentalist. He worked for the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department and was a park ranger in Wallowa County. One of his great enjoyments was hunting and fishing with his grandfather, father, and later, his sons and partner.

In 2004, he purchased the Minam Motel and started his newest adventure. He had aspirations for the Motel and saw many of them come true. He was awarded the 2007 Gene Leo Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions and efforts in outdoor tourism, specifically for organizing the annual Wallowa County Steelhead Fishing Train. He readily shared the history of Minam and was always ready to tell a good story.

He is survived by his mother and father, Wilma and Lowell Fleser; his sons, Gabriel (wife, Leah) and Will (wife, Jessica); daughter, Hanna Rose; grandchildren, Dylan, Isabel, Grace and Nora; three sisters, Laurie Evans, Karen Tokuda, and Cynthia Gregg; nine nieces and nephews; and his companion of seven years, Dawn Smith.

A Celebration of Life for Chuck will be held on June 21, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. The location is: Under The Greenwood Tree, 3075 Bellinger Lane, Medford.

Information about the Celebration can also be found at

The Fleser family wishes to convey a special thanks to Steven and Janet Skinner and the Legacy Hopewell Hospice House.

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