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Chuck was born in Seattle to Charles Ernest and Dorothy Ella (Braun) Trainer. He was an only child and raised on a farm in Kent, Washington. His love of animals began early in life while on the farm, and continued throughout his life. Outdoor skills of hunting, trapping, fishing, and target practicing were important to him and helped to cultivate a close bond with his father.
After graduating from Kent Meridian High School in 1950, Chuck pursued his dream of working with animals in their natural habit. He graduated in 1954 from Washington State University with a major in Wildlife Biology and a minor in Botany. He spent many summers in Cordova, Alaska banding Canadian Geese, followed by a two year commitment as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corp at Fort Hauchuca in Arizona. Slyt, after initially meeting her at a dinner party at Oregon State University, where Clara was an undergraduate student in Dietetics and Chuck was taking some additional botany courses as a graduate student.
Following their July 1960 wedding, they moved to nearby Sauvie Island, where Chuck worked as a biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). They endured three major Willamette River floods, and welcomed the arrival of two daughters, Kimberly in 1961 and Audrey in 1963. A brood of accompanying free loading cats also came as a package deal with the Sauvie Island rental farm house, and a black Labrador named “Mitch” was acquired to make the home complete!
Returning to Corvallis in 1966 allowed Chuck the opportunity to complete his Master’s Degree in Fisheries Wildlife Management and engage his talents as a new research wildlife biologist.
The sagebrush country of Burns and Hines in southeast Oregon brought forth a new phase of projects from the ODFW, investigating mule deer and antelope mortality on the Steens Mountain using radio telemetry. He would occasionally bring home injured fawns to care for in the family basement in Hines before releasing them to safety.
The sunset years of his career led him to Adair Village near Corvallis to help establish a new Wildlife Investigations Laboratory in 1984. He retired from the ODFW in 1993 with a ceremony paying honor to his 32 years of service.
Chuck had a deep love for the Lord, and had a real heart for serving others. He regularly delivered firewood to needy families for Love, Inc. (wood that he collected via permit, chopped himself, and hauled). Many trips were made to the Young Life Christian Camp in Malibu, Canada as part of the Tool Tackle Team to prepare the camp for its thousands of high school students ready to embark on the area.
He faithfully participated in Bible studies and served in various capacities of ministry at the Faith Baptist Church of Burns, NW Hills Baptist Church of Corvallis, and Suburban Christian Church of Corvallis.
Performing trail restoration work and volunteer work for the US Forest Service in Oakridge kept him busy, as did hikes with the Native Plant Society of Oregon, and giving informative talks to 4 H youth clubs, as well as presenting to the national conferences of the Rocky Mountain Elk Federation.
Chuck greatly enjoyed hiking, including summiting Mt. St. Helens, as well as fishing, camping, snow shoeing, skiing, and hunting trips.
In later years he added wildlife photography to his list of hobbies. Always an avid traveler, he and Clara enjoyed exploring the national parks and took several trips to Europe.
Charles is survived by his loving wife Clara of 57 years; his daughter and son in law Audrey and Mark Puscas of Salem; son in law John Roadifer of Concord, California; two grandchildren, Juan and Jessica Roadifer; cousin Donna Pelkey of Tacoma; and several sisters in law, brothers in law; nieces and nephews; grand nieces and grand nephews; as well as his loyal feline, Gigi, frequently by his side.