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December 07, 2016

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September 26, 2012
Dear family of Chuck Bakken,
I was saddened to hear of Charles' (Chuck's) passing. I doubt you have heard of me, but Chuck was my early-life role model and boyhood idol. We lived across the county road from each other in rural Pelican Rapids, barely a stone's throw from each other's homes. We spent countless hours together doing things that boys do, and building skills and memories for the future.
Chuck was four years ahead of me in school, so there were some differences. Actually, it was surprising that he even found time for me, but he did. He taught me to trap gophers, to fish, we swam together, we traded baseball cards, we played cards and much more. He even gets credit for teaching me to smoke cigarettes, but I gave that up after my dad caught me pilfering from his stash.
Chuck's parents, Henry and Alice, had a TV set before my parents purchased one, so Chuck would invite my brother and me over often to watch whatever might be on. My most memorable program was the Saturday night professional wrestling matches—featuring Verne Gagne and Aldo Bogni, among others.
Chuck was the stud in high school—a fine athlete, and a very popular figure, so I was able to use him for bragging rights (“my next door neighbor is Chuck Bakken”), and that always carried a lot of weight.
Being the good athlete that he was, Chuck always loved to play baseball. In the summer, we rarely quit playing ball before it was dark—and in Pelican Rapids, that was around 10:00 pm. He taught me how important it was to stand in when the pitcher was throwing inside, and believe me, he gave me many opportunities for practice.
I recently taught my grandson a little fishing jingle that I first heard from Chuck: “Fishy, fishy, bite my hook; I'll be kept and you'll be cooked”. It's been over 50 years, but it comes right back.
I think I only saw Chuck a few times after he graduated from high school and joined the Air Force. From reading his obituary, it is apparent that he had a very full life. I was gratified and touched that he remembered me when my brother passed away in 1997.
I thank Chuck for his service to our country, and for the life that he gave to his community, his family, and his faith. I have nothing but fond memories of our early years together.
God bless you.

Sincerely,

Robert Schmidt
Zumbrota, MN
September 10, 2012
My sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Chuck. May your faith give you strength. May your memories give you comfort. May God's love give you peace. Please know that he made a positive difference in this world with his service to our country and to the men and women he served with.
September 9, 2012
September 9, 2012
I am saddened to hear this news. He was a good man and a great supervisor to work for while I was in the military. My condolenses to all of his family. He is now in heaven with his wife. You will be well missed
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