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610 S. Duncan St.
PO Box 487
Stillwater, OK 74076
Phone: (405) 372-5550
Fax: (405) 372-5608
Charles McCandless

Charles Francis McCandless

Tuesday October 1, 1946 - Saturday February 29, 2020
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Charles Francis McCandless passed away on February 29, 2020 at the age of 73. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020 at Strode Funeral Home in Stillwater, OK. He will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is handling arrangements.
Chuck was born to John and LuElla McCandless on October 1, 1946 in Tulsa Oklahoma. Chuck attended elementary school in Caney, Kansas before moving to Stillwater. He graduated C. E. Donart High School in 1964 then graduated Salina, KS. Area Vo Tech with a certification in welding. He served for 6 years in the Army National Guard. Primarily, Chuck worked as a professional welder for 10 years and a glazier for over 20 years. After moving to Texas, Chuck took great pride maintaining facilities at Burkburnett High School. His love of animals led to a job as a small animal specialist at PETCO for 5 years before retiring.
On December 26, 2019, Chuck suffered a stroke and spent two months in rehabilitation facilities where he was gaining strength and mobility. He unexpectedly developed fluid in his lungs and on February 29, 2020 went into respiratory distress that led to cardiac arrest.
Chuck grew up attending the Seventh Day Adventist Church with a deep belief in God. He had great pride in his name, his work ethics, and music. His passions included customizing classic cars, quarter mile drag racing, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by both parents; brother, John Arthur McCandless; and sister, Dorothy (Dotty) Evelyn Coburn.
Chuck married the love of his life Ruth Ada Smith on June 17, 1974 in Stillwater, OK, and has been married for over 45 years. His children are Cherie Ann Sullivan of Bartlesville, OK; John Charles McCandless and wife Dana of Glenpool, OK; Charles Franklin McCandless and wife Adrian of Fort Worth, TX; and Melissa Lu Whiteland of Colorado Springs, CO. He currently has 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
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  • Service

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Strode Funeral Home Chapel
    Address
    610 South Duncan Street
    Stillwater, OK 74074
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  • Interment

    Location
    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    Address
    6500 South Perkins Road
    STILLWATER, OK 74074
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Sylvia Estes

Posted at 08:24am
My name is Sylvia Estes and Chuck and I are second cousins, even tho he may not have remembered me. His grandpa, John Johnston was my great uncle. I remember Chuck and Dottie as such darling little blonde, curly headed children. The last time I saw Chuck was at a birthday party for my Aunt Marjorie Waggoner Anderson held here in Caney, KS quite a few years ago. Aunt Marjorie and my dad, Mike Waggoner, were first cousins to Chuck's mother Luella McCandless. I write this to let his family know who I am and that I once knew Chuck but knew his parents and grandparents very well. My deepest sympathy and prayers are being lifted up for Chuck's family. (I have many pictures of Uncle John and Aunt Don.)
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Melissa Moss Smith

Posted at 09:18pm
Chuck always put a smile on my face. He was huggable, happy and generous. He loved to laugh. Ruth’s love put the smile on his face. Chuck knew his family was a blessing from God. Ruth, I’m trusting our Father in heaven to be with you and your beautiful family always. Heartfelt sympathy from Virginia. Melissa M Smith
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Judi Page

Posted at 04:02pm
Ruth, Van and I were so saddened to hear about Chucks passing. We have many fond memories of our years together at Conoco. Its been so long since we've been in touch. Lost track of you all after you moved to Houston and we went to Arkansas. We returned to Ponca City in 2012 after Van was diagnosed with Parkinson's. He still going. If you're ever up t his way give us a shout. Please know you are in our prayers. Our love, Judi and Van Page
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