New memorial fund honors Chuck Beardsley

The Gorge Community Foundation announced Friday that a memorial fund has been established to honor prominent Hood River businessman and philanthropist Chuck Beardsley, who passed away on March 27 at age 73.

Beardsley was president and later a partner at Hershner and Bell Insurance Agency. The Foundation’s Carol Rodrick said, “Chuck Beardsley was a quiet, generous donor to the Hood River community. He was not one to seek recognition or praise.”

Beardsley served as treasurer on the Gorge Community Foundation’s Board of Directors since its inception in 2000. Lynn Everroad, who recruited Beardsley to join GCF’s board, said, “The Foundation was so fortunate to have had him with us for the last dozen years or so — he helped to shape what we have become — and he will be badly missed.”

Beardsley said that he joined the Gorge Community Foundation because he liked being part of a non-political organization that promoted local charitable giving. He was quoted as saying, “We make it easy for everyone to be a philanthropist.”

The Chuck Beardsley Memorial Fund will continue to honor the philanthropic and charitable work of Beardsley. Donations in his honor can be made on the Foundation’s website,, or by mailing a check to the Gorge Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1711, Hood River, OR 97031.

Beardsley had a long record of service to Hood River. From 1963-1969 he was a member of the Oregon National Guard, a member of the Hood River County Jaycees, and the Hood River County School District Budget Committee from 1969-1971.

Chuck was also a Hood River city councilman from 1971-1977, and participated in the Hood River-Tsuruta Sister City from 1976 to present. He was a traveling member of the first delegates to visit Sister City Tsuruta.

He was the mayor of Hood River from 1977-1983, served 20 years on the City of Hood River budget committee, where he was chairman for eight years, served on the Hood River Urban Renewal budget committee, was an officer of the Mid-Columbia Board of Realtors, a Columbia Bancorp board member, and a board member of the Gorge Community Foundation.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children David, Karen and son-in-law Laif, and Mark and daughter-in-law Sheila, and 10 grandchildren, and siblings Alan and Carolyn.

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