La Fleur, Charles R.
Charles R. La Fleur, age 82, of 1900 Kellner Street #502, Manitowoc, died Friday, June 20, 2014 at his residence.
Charles was born on March 5, 1932 in Manitowoc, son of the late Gladys (Beson) La Fleur. Charles was a 1950 graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School. Charles served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 until his discharge in 1955. Charles married the former Lois Havlichek on May 7, 1955 at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Two Rivers. He worked as an airline agent for North Central Airlines in Manitowoc, eventually became Republic Airlines, then went to work for Northwest Airlines and retired in 1986.
Charles loved people and his community. He loved to be involved and enjoyed the friendships he made. In his younger years he was very involved with the Manitowoc Jaycees, the Manitowoc Lakeshore Traffic Club, the Spider's Club and was one of the founding couples along with his wife Lois of Heart-A-Rama which is still going today! Charles has received countless awards over the years for his citizenship.
Charles and his wife had a passion for antiquing and were collectors of well, everything. They went on many road trips all over the country just enjoying the ride. Charles loved to garden and was an avid Packer fan. He loved being with his family and his grandchildren. The highlight of every month was when he got together with the card club boys in the evening or going to lunch with the boys from Lincoln High School, class of 1950. He treasured those times with his friends.
Charles is survived by Lois, his wife of 59 years; his five children: Renee (Augie) Mimica and their children: Philip, Lia and Sophie; Michelle (Lee) Brocher and their children: Meghan, Matthew and Trista; David (Chieko) La Fleur and their children: Nicholas and Lucas; Michael (Dawn) La Fleur and their children: Joshua, Jacob and Zachery; Annette La Fleur; 2 sisters: Barbara (Jim) Boeldt; Lois (Bill) Propst; 3 brothers-in-law: Howard Havlichek; Dale (Sandy) Havlichek; Glenn (Carol) Havlichek, he is further survived by many nieces and nephews, along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother: Gladys La Fleur; grandfather: Peter Beson; brother-in-law: Bill Propst; sister-in-law: Hazel Havlichek.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1416 Waldo Boulevard, Manitowoc. Rev. Dave Pleier will officiate with entombment to follow at Knollwood Mausoleum. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Roncalli High School in Charles name. The Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home of Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.jensreinboldandpfeffer.com
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all his caregivers, therapists, doctors and nurses over the years. To all who have shown their care and compassion, we thank you. Also, a special thanks to Charles sister, Barbara Boeldt, for her tireless support and devotion to this family.
Charles was a man well loved, not only by his family but by all who knew him. He lived his life to its fullest for as long as he could, no one fought harder. Charles loved life, his family and his friends. We are celebrating his life and his wonderful sense of humor, his smile could light up a room. To say you will be missed, hardly describes our loss. You will always be our greatest treasure, we wish you peace.
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from June 24 to June 25, 2014
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