Obituary: Charles William Ogmundson


Charles William Ogmundson

June 20, 1943 – January 30, 2024


It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my brother Chuck Ogmundson. He left us on January 30, 2024. Chuck was born to Harold and Rayma Ognundson on June 20, 1943 in Bellingham, WA. He grew up on a farm in Whitehorn, near Blaine, WA.

As a young boy he often played his accordion in the Grange Hall at Birch Bay, WA. That was the beginning of his love to perform music. Chuck had a gift for singing and occasionally sang publicly in his teen years. He graduated from Blaine and shortly after he moved to Seattle. While living in Seattle he pursued his musical interests and sang at many venues downtown and in Ballard. While taking some voice classes at WWU he became interested in jazz and met some people that also loved playing jazz and performing. Chuck did several gigs with them in the Seattle area. Music was his passion and he had many loyal fans. Chuck was also very skilled at selling women’s shoes at Nordstrom and selling men’s suits at the Men’s Wearhouse. He also worked at some apartments as a desk clerk, but music always came first.

Towards the end of his life Chuck and his former wife, Sharon Ogmundson, took care of each other. After Sharon’s passing Chuck moved into an adult care home called Bothell Care Services LLC. He battled Parkinson’s disease and was lovingly cared for by Costel and Eliza Layaroiu for four years.

Chuck is survived by his sister Lynnea Jacobsen (Paul), niece Jennifer Belew, (Kelly), nephew Anthony Jeglum and many great-nephews, nieces and cousins. Chuck was preceded in death by his mom and dad, Harold and Rayme Ogmundson and his good friend Sharon Ogmundson. A special thank you to Chuck’s friend David Stein for all the help he gave to Chuck and to me.