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Dr. Charles "Chuck" Howard

September 10, 1949 - July 18, 2021

Oregon's biggest Ohio State Buckeye Fan left this earth unexpectedly early Sunday morning, July 18, 2021, after a courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Chuck was born in Lima, Ohio on September 10, 1949. Shortly after his birth, his parents Fred and Cleora Howard moved to the Columbus area to complete his father's teaching degree. Chuck attended Windermere Elementary School, Upper Arlington Middle School and graduated from Upper Arlington High School. Chuck received a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology from Ohio State University where he was also a varsity swimmer and competed in the NCAA National Championships. He graduated from The Ohio State College of Dentistry in 1975.

Dr. Howard started his dental practice in Salem in 1977 and retired in April, 2016. He was a dedicated professional and committed life-long learner who strove to provide optimal care for every patient. He was an esteemed member of several dental associations and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He participated in study clubs throughout his career and regularly volunteered his time and services with a number of charitable organizations.

Chuck married Jo Carmean on September 22, 1973, while attending dental school. After graduation, he and Jo moved to Oregon to make the most of the Pacific Northwest's outdoor paradise. When not creating healthy smiles, his life passions were photography, hiking, woodworking, cheering on the Buckeyes, and bearing witness to the evolution of music with an eclectic record collection. His most treasured role was as a devoted husband and father to his children, Andrew and Julie, as well as "Pop Pop" to his two granddaughters and "Zoom Zoom Gramps" to his two grandsons. Chuck was an avid traveler, with destinations including the Virgin Islands, Europe and most recently New Zealand, where he and Jo enjoyed many months chasing summer and looking after their grandson. He was a long-time member of a "Gourmet Group" of friends, and savoured good food, good wine and the occasional whiskey.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jo; his son Andrew and wife Ashley, their two daughters Gray and Scarlet of Salem; his daughter Julie and husband Michael Lewis, their two sons Campbell and Oscar of New Zealand. He is also survived by two sisters, Dana (Dick) of Newburg, Maryland and Gloria (Tom) of Milford Center, Ohio, and two nieces and two nephews. He will be greatly missed for his gentle soul, uncommon intellect, subtle humour and abiding integrity.

Thanks to emerging research, Chuck was able to fight for and enjoy a 10-year remission from a 2010 diagnosis of Stage IV Melanoma, and he and his family passionately supported the research efforts of the Providence Cancer Institute for a number of years. His family asks that gifts made in Chuck's memory go to the Cancer Research Fund held at the Providence St. Vincent Foundation. Mailing Address: Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation, Unit 80, P.O. Box 4800, Portland, OR 97208-4800. Online: or by Phone: 503-216-2227.

No services will be held at this time.

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I am so sorry to hear about Chuck.  We never met, but I was diagnosed the same year with Stage IV Melanoma and was doing treatment at Providence the same time in 2010 and I feel like it saved my life. I didn't know it at the time, but heard about Chuck later.  Melanoma is something I am very familiar with and I am so thankful for Dr. Curti and his staff, I treasure each day and am sure Chuck did as well.  He sounded like a wonderful person and my heart goes out to his family.
My sincere thoughts and God Bless,
Brenda Glodt

Dear Jo and family, We are saddened to hear of Dr, Howard’s death. What a genuinely kind and caring soul. We are certain your hearts are broken.  Our hearts are with you.  Love and aloha     Mary, Randy and Kiana Briones

Jo and family,I’m so sorry to hear about Dr Howard’s passing he was a wonderful Dentist ,I enjoyed working with him .My thoughts and prayers are with you Jo and your family my deepest condolences!

Chuck was one of the kindest, nicest people I have known.  He single handed lay conquered my lifelong fear of dentists.  I fondly remember our weekly racquetball games at the “new”. courthouse.  His 10 year recovery from melanoma was a miracle and changed my thinking f that disease.  He will be sorely missed

We both are so saddened to read of Dr. Howard's passing.  After spending 25 years with the mellow fellow in the "chair" twice a year at least we surely came to treasure his work.  Gotta say it was always done with little consternation knowing his kind and gentle manner.  Oddly one of the memorable traits I recall, a little thing sorta uncharacteristic of him I thought, is when  he would shed his gloves and make a perfect swish into the wastebasket.  I had to always applaud his aim...
All the best to you Jo and your family.

So sorry to hear of Dr. Howard’s passing. He was the best dentist. So gentle and kind. Helped me to get over my fear of dentists. He fought a courageous battle. Go hit that golf course in heaven. Much love to Jo and the family. 

A truly great man.  Thank you for everything Chuck.  All my best to you Jo and your family.

I am saddened by the news of Dr. Howard's passing.  My deepest condolences to Jo and family.  Keep memories of the wonderful experiences you had with him.

I was a longtime patient of Dr. Howard.  He was a very good dentist.  I remember his friendly greetings and calm, reassuring demeanor.  He helped me overcome my fear of dental visits.  In fact, I became so comfortable and relaxed with Dr. Howard that, sometimes, I fell asleep in the chair, and he would nudge me to wake me up. 

I first became acquainted with Dr. Charles while I was a student at Western Oregon 1985-87 when I had a cracked tooth that needed urgent attention. I became a regular patient around 1992 after I moved to Salem. He was always congenial and gentle when he worked on my teeth and the best dentist I knew. I always enjoyed seeing samples of his photography both in the office and on the reminder and birthday cards I received over the years. 

My sincere condolences to the family. I know you must miss him greatly; I think he was a blessing to all who knew him.

Dear Jo and family.  I was so saddened to hear today the passing of Dr. Howard.  I worked with Dr. Howard and his staff as a Dental Hygienist for 3 years about 20 years ago and I appreciated his kind nature and skills with his patients.  I remember seeing Dr. Howard at Costco during his early years in remission and it was great to see him and his welcoming smile.  May the Lord bless you and your family during this time and know that Dr. Howard will be deeply missed by so many people that he knew along his life's journey. 

We are so sorry to hear this sad news. He was my dentist for 40 years since I was a child and we finally found someone who didn't terrify me! The whole family were your patients for 40 years and continue there now with Igor. I always appreciated Dr, Howard's love of good music... when I was about 15 and had to have major work done, you let me listen to my Pink Floyd 
The Wall cassette tape. The machine ate it during the procedure and I was sooo devastated! But you gave me money to buy a new tape, and teenage crisis averted. He was a great guy, kind and gentle. Prayers for peace for you.  

Dr. Howard was our dentist and neighbor for many years. He was a gentle man who cared deeply about his patients. We send our deepest sympathy to his wife Jo and his entire family.  Sincerely, Fran and John  Gratchner

So many things to say about Dr. Howard.  I had the amazing chance to coach Andy, and Dr. Howard NEVER missed.  A faithful dad, and he was also my parents dentist.  THANK YOU.  So grateful for you, your life, and your family. 

Oh my, I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Howard's passing.  He was my dentist from the age of 18 until he retired.  His soft tone and careful technique always made my visits a little easier.  I am so sorry Jo and my thoughts go out to your children and family as well.  

So sorry to hear of the loss of a friend and dentist.  Chuck was a sweet soul with an amazing family.  He’s in the hands of God.  Prayers go to Jo, Andy and Julie.

I was saddened to hear of Dr. Howard's passing. My condolences to Jo and family.  He always calmed my fears of going to the dentist.

So many wonderful memories of holidays, outings and family gatherings with the Howard family. Sending you all warmth, love and peace. Jolayne, Hector & Ariana Martinez

We have been next door neighbors to the Howard's for 34 years.  When we moved in Julie was 18 months and Andy was 5 years old.  We had the joy of watching this wonderful family through the growth of the kids to the marriages of them both!  Who can ever forget Julie's neighborhood Easter bunny visits or Andy's legendary basketball marathons out back?  Through it all Chuck maintained his quiet demeanor, sweet smile and wonderful sense of humor.  When he got his first diagnosis of Stage IV Melanoma we watched with awe his courage, his tenacity and his love for his family.  Jo has been the most incredible mate to Chuck.  She was his partner in business, family and the fight of his life.  We are eternally grateful for fate making us neighbors and making us lifelong friends.  We send our sympathy and love to all.

I absolutely adored Chuck. He was my dentist for nearly 30 years and I considered him and precious Jo friends. My heart, love, and prayers are with the family.