Charles “Chuck” O. Kuzminski 1935-2021

 

Last updated 1/5/2022 at Noon

Charles “Chuck” O. Kuzminski passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 11, in Tigard, Oregon. He was 85. His wife, Anne, and daughters, Beth and Jan, were at his side.

Chuck was born in Cle Elum, Washington, and spent his early years in Yakima. He attended Multnomah School of the Bible and Portland State University, earning a bachelor’s in history and going on to earn his master’s in education from Reed College.

He started his career as a history teacher in Portland, then joined the staff of the Portland Teachers Association. He later became the executive director for Houston Teachers Association, and in 1972 he became an organization specialist with the National Education Association (NEA) in Washington, D.C., retiring after 20 years. After his retirement from NEA, Chuck began his own consulting firm, Productive People, working with Washington, D.C.-area organizations.

Chuck enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid skier. He also loved fishing, hiking, and biking. In 1999, Chuck and Anne were married and moved from the D.C. area to Sisters, where he enjoyed the coffee group at Ray’s, and his church, St. Edwards. He was a member of Kiwanis and the Sisters Corvette Club. After their move to Tigard his activities slowed but his twice daily walks with his beloved dog and best friend, Sam, made him many friends in the community.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Anne Kuzminski of Tigard; his daughter Beth Kuzminski of Wilmington, North Carolina, daughter and son-in-law Jan Kuzminski and Christian zur Nedden of Hannover, Germany; grandsons Charles “Casey” Prather and Matthew Prather; sister Linda Kuzminski and brother-in-law Jerry Seder.

He will be dearly missed.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held in early spring 2022, in Sisters. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz.org).

 

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