In Memory

Chuck Greenwood - Class Of 1951

Chuck Greenwood

CHARLES D. "CHUCK" GREENWOOD Charles D. "Chuck" Greenwood, 85, formerly of Boulder City, passed away Dec. 29, 2017 at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. Charles was born March 14, 1932 in Phoenix, Ariz. As a young child, his family moved frequently following his father's employment at dam construction sites, eventually living in Boulder City, Nev. for the construction of Hoover Dam. It was there that he met his future wife, Nancy Steeves. While at Boulder City High School, he excelled at football, basketball and track, earning High School All-American honors in football as well as a football scholarship to the University of Southern Calif. He and Nancy graduated Boulder City High School in 1951. Nancy attended University of Calif. Santa Barbara and eventually UCLA while Chuck attended USC. In 2001, Chuck was inducted into the BCHS Football Hall of Fame. While at USC, he played in the 1953 and 1955 Rose Bowls. He was proud to be a Trojan and was also a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. On August 21, 1954 he married Nancy at Grace Presbyterian Church in Boulder City and they were married 63 years. Following college, Chuck entered the US Air Force where he flew B-47s and large cargo planes. He was stationed in locations throughout the US, including the Pentagon, and served one tour in the Vietnam War. He retired honorably as a Lt. Col. following 23 years of distinguished service to his country. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, he and Nancy moved to Grants Pass, Ore. where he assisted with the JrROTC program at Grants Pass High School. There he would also contribute as a freshmen football coach, golf coach, and math teacher. He also enjoyed playing golf, traveling with his wife and family, and spending time with his seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters, earning the name, "Pops". In recent years, he and Nancy moved to the Seattle area to be closer to several family members, eventually living with daughter, Susan. Charles is preceded in death by his eldest son, Scott; his parents Denny and Bertha; and his three older sisters, Virginia, Billie, and Mina. In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters Lisa MacKay of Duvall, Wash., and Susan Greenwood of Olympia, Wash., son Mark (Deborah) Greenwood of Granite Bay, Calif., daughter-in-law Nancy Greenwood Vehrs and husband Jeff Vehrs of Edmonds, Wash., grandchildren Eric (Claire) Greenwood, Stephanie (Brent) Marchant, and Erin, Michael, Steven, Will and Diana Greenwood, and great-granddaughters Aurora and Bianca Marchant. Family graveside services will be held at Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park in Seattle, Wash. He will be buried with military honors next to his eldest son Scott, who passed away in 1992. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grants Pass, Ore. In lieu of flowers, a memorial website honoring Chuck has been created at, where you can find information about where the Greenwood family invites you to donate to one of Chuck's favorite organizations/projects that best reflect Chuck's wishes. Or donations made in Chuck's honor at the charity of your choice, are also welcome.

Published in Boulder City Review on Jan. 11, 2018

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11/28/19 12:48 PM #1    

Jim Widner (1958)

Hello Chuck  .. 11/26/2016

  I doubt you remember me but I was a Boulder City kid from 1940 to graduation in 1958.   Went away to college and then returned to BC , then LV.   I administer the website for BCHS and am on the Reunion Committee. .  OK enough about who I am. 

My current project has prompted me to write to you.  I am fixing up a Basketball jacket , I got (sort of commandeered) when they were retired in 1953+- from BC High School, 63 years ago.   I got it cleaned, looks new and I am going to put it on a frame, then donate it back to the school, as long as they agree to hang it up.  I went online and found the Annuals for 1951 and 1952  and in both there was a pic of the team wearing the jacket , so I will include that in the framing.     I need to find a garage sale today to find a suitable  frame.  

While looking on line at the 1951 Aquila  I saw a pic of you and Joe Kine with TY COBB  .. what an awesome surprise.  I want to put that pic on our BCHS website as the "pic of the week"  but, want some more background, if you can fill me in ??   Be sure and go to our website and register and look for this pic ..

At a reunion a few years ago I gave you a pic of an awards dinner along with Tom Donnelly ..  he was my boss for years, a great man,  and the father of two classmates, so I thought it was neat. 

I hope you can add to the Ty Cobb story  ..   Thanks for any help.

Jim Widner,  Class of 1958 949-493-5896




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