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Funeral Notice: Oren C. "Chuck" Sechler

Oren C. “Chuck” Sechler, 79, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, February 9, 2015 in Nacogdoches.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Wes Hall, Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Gerrel Faulkner officiating.  Interment will follow at Sholar Cemetery in Center.


Mr. Sechler was born April 23, 1935 in West Monroe, Louisiana to O.C. Sechler and Hellen Maxine McGill Sechler. In 1952, at the age of 17, Chuck joined the United States Navy out of Jackson, Mississippi. After completing basic training, he went into Hard Hat Divers Training and Underwater Welding, becoming one of the first ten to weld on nuclear submarines underwater.  He served in the Pacific on Guam Island with the Naval Fire Department, played Football for the Navy as well as being on the USS Perry and the USS JASON AR-8.  Chuck finished out his Military career as a petty officer third class in San Diego, California at the Naval Base.  Serving his country for eleven years from 1952 to 1963.  He later moved to Beaumont, Texas, where he fell in love and married Mildred Cockrell Ricks. Chuck went to work for Bethlehem Steel Company as a welder and ship builder.  Later, he was a welding instructor for Lamar University.  He worked as a welder and shop foreman for Ellerbe Brothers in Baytown, Texas building oil storage tanks.  While working offshore for many years, he worked his way up from a welder and pipe fitter to a supervisor.  He moved to Shelbyville, Texas in 1979, where he continued working offshore for many years.  Chuck finished his career as a supervisor for Willamette Industries remodeling and building Paper Mills in Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.  After retiring, he was able to do what he loved with the love of his life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting and spending time with his five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.  Chuck enjoyed life.


He is survived by


Linda Darnell Shy and husband, Perry, of South Lake

Shirley Evon Lewis of Port Arthur

Charles Anthony “Tony” Sechler and wife, Marilyn, of Douglass



Wesley Lewis

April Lewis

Adam Wiley

Jonathan Wiley

Felicia Davis


Twelve Great Grandchildren


Brother: Jerry Glenn Sechler and wife, Elizabeth, of Pearland


Preceded in death by

Wife: Mildred Sechler of Shelbyville

Parents: O.C. Sechler and Ella Maxine McGill Sechler


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