|(Tuesday - December
08, 2020) - Chester D. Charles, age 94, of Iron Mountain, passed away on
Monday, December 7, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.
Chester was born on October 10, 1926 in Iron Mountain, son of the late
August and Anna (Howart) Charles. After graduating from high school, he
enlisted in the United States Army. He served in both the Korean and
Vietnam wars. He also served seven years in West Germany.
Chester received the purple heart and many other medals and awards. He
retired in 1969 after twenty years with the Army.
Theresia Paffenzeller on June 29, 1962 in Augsburg, Germany at his Army
Unit's chapel. After leaving Germany, he was assigned to Ft. Lewis,
Washington. He lived in Olympia, Washington for forty two years. After
retiring from the Army, Chester went to work for the U.S. Postal Service
in Olympia and worked for another twenty years. He enjoyed playing golf,
traveling, doing puzzles and his dachshund dogs. He also liked to keep
his yard looking like a park. Chester and his wife moved back to his
hometown of Iron Mountain in 2004. He left many good friends in Olympia,
but met many more here in Iron Mountain and at Evergreen Assisted
Living. Chester was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. He was
also a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and a lifetime
member of the Purple Heart Association. Chester participated in the 2019
Honor Flight to Washington DC with his friend Bobbi Jo Riske.
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Theresia
on June 7, 2009; a sister, Lorraine Blome and brother, William Charles.
Chester is survived by two nieces, Patricia Perron of Quinnesec and
Jean Smith of Iron Mountain; two nephews, Donald Blome of Florence and
Robert (Patty) Blome of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.
visitation and funeral services are being held. Monsignor James
Kaczmarek is officiating. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.
Condolences to the family of Chester Charles may be expressed online
The family has entrusted the
Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.