Charles Lee Pack August 9, 1928 – January 14, 2017

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Charles Lee “Chuck” Pack, Sr., age 88 of Dallas, Texas, passed away at his home in Dallas on Saturday, January 14, 2017. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of nearly 61 years, Jennie Jaco Pack.

Born in 1928 to Walter and Callie Pack, the fifth of six children, Chuck was raised and attended school in Mena, AR during the great depression. Always the explorer and something of a wanderer, at the young age of 13 Chuck set out for California to find and make his way in this world, traveling at times with a friend or two, and sometimes by himself.

Times were difficult in the early 1940’s. The nation wasn’t yet at war, but it was near. Very many people traveled by using their thumb to hitchhike, but the more daring or adventurous hopped the train. Chuck was adept at both, but when needed, he said he had his old Shoverolay to get him where he needed to be. He would shove his right foot out in front of him and then lay his left foot in front of the right, over and again. He did a lot of walking. And he would let you know that he was kicked off many a train and from many boxcars. When in California, Chuck worked in any type of industry that was hiring—from construction, to potato and wheat farming/harvest, to the logging and lumber business—and, for a short time, Chuck attended airplane mechanics school. Chuck’s father, Walter, had also been in the logging industry. Chuck had learned a lot for his Dad, so work in the logging industry was sort of second nature. To be sure, there wasn’t any type of business or any type of job that Chuck wouldn’t tackle, and usually became pretty adept at.

After what would normally be several months, Chuck would see the need to come back to Mena, AR to be sure that his family was well. He would stay in Mena for a while to work until wanderlust would again befall him and Chuck would once more strike out on his own. Over the years, his travels would take him to different parts of the country to make a living. On one of these excursions, he had gone to Oklahoma City to work in the construction industry and to drive a truck and a taxi cab. It was while driving a taxi that he noticed a young woman at the taxi stand whom he described as the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. He finagled and jockeyed for position in the taxi cab line, talking his way to the exact point where Jennie would have to get into his cab so to get to her job as a telephone operator with AT&T. As soon as she got into his cab, he told the other waiting passengers that his cab was full and sped off with only a single fare. He told her that he would be glad to pick her up every day to take her to work, which he did. He finally worked up enough courage to ask Jennie out, although it took an entire week for him to do so.

As is said, the rest is history. Chuck and Jennie eventually got married in 1953 and started a family of 4 children. Settling down in Dallas, TX in 1968, they lived in that same location for nearly 50 years when Jennie met her maker in 2014. Just a little over 2 years later, Chuck left on January 14 of this year to seek out new adventures and full of hope to reunite with his lifelong loving wife.

A World War II military veteran and a tremendously loyal husband, father, and friend, Chuck Pack, Sr is survived by his 4 children, daughters Cindy Lea Pack Stevens and her husband Jimmy of Abilene, TX, Lou Ann Pack Wise of Midlothian, TX, Gina Pack Francis and her husband Bobby of Duncanville, TX, and son Charles Lee (Chuck) Pack, Jr of Dallas, as well as 13 grandchildren, 6 grand spouses, and 8 great grandchildren. A memorial will be held at 6:00 pm Thursday evening at the Midlothian Church of Christ.

A family gathering and viewing will be Friday, January 20, 2017 from 4:00 p.m until 7:00 pm at the John M Ireland Funeral Home in Moore, OK.

Funeral services will then be on Saturday, January 21st at 11:00 a.m. in their chapel with interment at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Norman, OK immediately after.