TULSA, Okla. — Charles Campbell Portman, age 78, died at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, December 30, 2017. The cause was complications due to surgery after knee replacement.
Charles, also known to his family and close friends as “Charlie”, was born on Aug. 26, 1939 in Salina, Kansas. His early childhood and teen years where he grew up was in Great Bend, Kansas. He graduated from Great Bend High School with his many friends. Charles was deeply involved in many activities in high school. He was on the football, basketball, and track team. He was in some of the school plays and was also on the swim team. He was a life guard at the local swimming pool and loved the water. After graduating he left home to attend college at Ft. Hays State University in Kansas. He wasn’t there long before the decision to join the Navy called him into service. Charlie served his country from 1961-1965. He really did get to see the world courtesy of the U.S. Navy. Some of his ports of call included: Cannes, France; Istanbul, Turkey; Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy; and even Cuba. He served as a ship’s electrician on board the U.S.S. Conygham (Plank Owner) and the U.S.S. Intrepid.
Charles returned home upon leaving the Service and shortly thereafter began his life’s work as an insurance adjuster with GAB Business Services, Inc. in Kansas City, Mo. from 1965 through 2000. He rose from claims adjuster to Manager, then Senior Adjuster. He worked for Wackenhuth Adjustment Company from 2000 - 2005 and an additional two years and as an Insurance Adjusting Consultant.
He has served on the Regency Park Nazarene Church Board on the Building Committee for almost 25 years and for the past three years has also served his community as a board member for his home owners’ association in Owasso, Okla. He also worked with the Tulsa County Election Board for over seven years during the voting process as Precinct Captain.
Charles is survived by his wife, Regina, of Owasso, Okla.; his sons: Andrew K. Portman of Bartlesville, Okla., David C. Portman of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Geoff Portman of Owasso, Okla.; Danielle Portman, his daughter-in-law; his grandchildren, Olivia and Mya Portman; and his sister, Kathryn Portman of Lenexa, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, C.K. “Bus” Portman and Betty Cope Portman.
Celebration of Charles’ life will be held at 10:30, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Regency Park Church of the Nazarene (8707 E. 51st Street) Tulsa, Okla. Burial will be held in private at a later date. Family and friends are welcome to attend the service.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home
Collinsville, Ok. 74021
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 4, 2018