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Charles Alan Classen

March 20, 1947 — January 4, 2022

DURHAM- Mr. Charles Alan Classen, 74, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Duke University Hospital from complications of lung cancer.

Mr. Classen was born March 20, 1947 to the late Fritz and Pauline Classen in Ithaca, NY. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. Mr. Classen enjoyed boating, hiking, doing home projects, maintaining his lawn, and was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills. He loved telling stories, joking, and making people laugh. Mr. Classen was an Adirondack 46er. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Classen is preceded in death by his brothers, David Classen and Richard Classen.

Mr. Classen is survived by his wife, Christy G. Classen; sons, Darran Classen (Laurie) and Craig Classen; step-son, Douglas Adams (Kelly); step-daughter, Lisa McLamb (David); grandchildren, Brittany Newman (Jeromy), Payton Newman, Miguel Newman, Jeffrey Borkhuis, Brendan Adams and Simon Adams; great-grandson, Jaxon Borkhuis; sister-in-laws, Judy Classen and Jane Classen.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in New York.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to Adirondack Mountain Club, or the World Wildlife Fund,

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