The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Charles Buennagel


October 24, 2019

Charles L. Buennagel, 97, of Kent, formerly of Cathlamet and Everett, died Oct 14, 2019 at Valley Medical Center, Renton.

Charlie was born on April 7, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Lawrence and Amelia (Knarzer) Buennagel. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1940, and Butler University in 1943. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and spent three years. He was a pharmacist for all his working life, owning his own pharmacy in Everett for many years and later working as a hospital pharmacist.

He married Catherine (Kay) Mitchell in 1944, she survives him at home. Charlie was a member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Cathlamet, longtime member of Knights of Columbus, Cathlamet VFW member, an active volunteer for the Wahkiakum Food Bank, a Wahkiakum PUD commissioner, and a part-time pharmacist at the Cathlamet Pharmacy for several years.

He is survived by nine children, 17 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Charlie was preceded in death by three brothers.

A funeral mass will be held at St Stephen The Martyr Catholic Church in Renton on Thursday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m., with an internment service with military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery in Renton, on Friday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. Contributions may be made to your local food bank in Charlie’s name. Dowling Funeral Home in Cathlamet is in charge of arrangements.


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