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Rev Charles Ray Symmank

Rev. Charles Ray Symmank passed away peacefully from this life and was received into the presence of his Lord on January 11th, at the age of 87 years, in Medford, OR.

Chuck was born October 27th, 1931 in Giddings, TX. He attended Immanuel Lutheran School through eighth grade.

At the age of 13, he left home to begin his ministry training at Concordia High School, Austin, TX, followed by junior college at St. John College, Winfield, KS. He continued his education and graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. in 1956. His further education included a Masters in Teaching from Rockford College in Rockford, IL and a Doctorate of Ministry from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN.

He served as pastor at St Paul Lutheran Church (Rockford, IL), St. Paul Lutheran Church (Rochelle IL), Zion Lutheran Church (Snohomish, WA), and St. Peter Lutheran Church (Medford, OR).

On June 28, 1959, Charles and Joan Elizabeth (Wisch) were married at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rockford, IL.  They have three children, Daniel Symmank, Celeste Allsberry, and David Symmank, two daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law, and five grandchildren.

During his retirement years he served as interim pastor 13 times for congregations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Hawaii.

He was a high school and collegiate athlete, competing on varsity basketball and tennis teams.  During his ministry years he coached youth basketball and tennis teams. 

He was a poet and hymn writer, writing over 500 hymns, 360 of which were published. 

Chuck lived with the certain hope of eternal life through the forgiveness of sins won by Christ’s death on the cross. Thanks be to God the Father who created him, God the Son who redeemed him, and God the Holy Spirit who sanctified him in the water of Holy Baptism. This same Triune God has now received Chuck into the company of the saints and angels to await the resurrection and live in the light of His glory forevermore.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to any of the following:

Check Payable to:

Redeemer Lutheran Church - Fire Relief Fund

Redeemer Ev. Lutheran Church

750 Moss Ave

Chico, CA 95926


St. John Lutheran School

Eagle Point, OR


St. Peter Lutheran Preschool

Medford, OR


Perl Funeral Home & Siskiyou Memorial Park

2100 Siskiyou Blvd

Medford, OR 97504


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I am a very close friend to his niece Sarah Symmank Shearer. I first met her at the Leonard summer reading program where she brought her kids and she would stay and help me for fun. Then I taught her son Joe in kindergarten and she helped me all of the time. Then she continued to help me with summer reading until she got hired at Leonard elementary. Now she is an amazing third grade teacher who teaches writing and science. When I read that her uncle had published over 300 hymns it made total sense. She is so creative and so intelligent. It must run in the family. God bless all of you. I am so sorry for your loss.

Sheri Watson Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rev Charles Symmank

Sheri Watson Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM

Pastor Symmank confirmed me as an adult 50 years agI. He married my husband 50 years ago. He baptized both of my kids. We had a chance to travel with Chuck and Joan on a trip or two. Lots of memories. Especially when both rooms were woke up at two in the morning by Bob for breakfast. The one cruise I told the photographer that the guy on my left was my dad and the one on my right was my hubby. I continued with Thelma and jerry and Bob and Mary. I ended with pastor married us and Joan taught my kids in school. The man said he did not think I could repeat it. Of course I could. One trip it was hus birthday so we got a cake for him followed with singing.pastor Symmank will greatly mussed

Paula Lauterbach Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM