HAINES CITY - Charles R. Step passed away peacefully after a short illness Thursday night, March 6, 2014.
Charles was born and lived his childhood years in Detroit, graduated from Case Western Reserve and was drafted into the Korean War where he trained as a lab tech and managed the NCO club in Busan. Charlie married Jodie in 1954. He was a realtor, joined his father's business and opened Charles R. Step Funeral Home in Redford, Michigan in 1967.
Active in Redford, he chaired Michigan Week, initiated an ecumenical church association, was active in American Legion, VFW and was president of the Kiwanis club. Charlie enjoyed dancing, singing, sailing, bridge, golfing and established roots in both Haines City and Petoskey, Michigan.
Charlie was a loving husband of Jodie for 59 years, father of Charles J. (Mary), Randy (Kathy), Gary (Lori) and Claudia (Fran) Paladino. Grampa CR was a loving grandfather of Amy (Dennis) Vanloozen, Trevor, Ryder (Ashley), Anna, Lauren, Riley (Sasha), Katie, Rebecca, Johnny, Maggie and recently great- grandfather of Macade Step and Charlie Vanloozen and cherished brother of the late Lillian (William) Deane.
A Memorial service was held Sunday. Visiting will be Thursday and a funeral Mass Friday in Redford, Michigan with Entombment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Condolences can be made at StepFunerals.com . Any donations can be made to a
Published in Ledger from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2014
Charles R. Step Funeral Home
18425 Beech Daly Redford, MI 48240