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Charles “Chuck” Grant North, Sr, 81, of Colfax, WI, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 13, 2017, with his family gathered by his side after a very courageous battle with cancer. 

Charles was born August 14, 1936, in the town of Howard. He was born to his mother, Clara (Pederson) North and father, Glen Davis. He graduated from Colfax High School with the Class of 1954. 

He lived and worked on the family farm with his father until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1959. He met his soulmate and life’s companion in January 1963, and after a 6 month courtship joined Leona (Kolpien) North in marriage on July 3, 1963. They lived happily in the Eau Claire area and together they raised 6 children. 

Chuck, as he was known to many, was a jack of all trades. He worked with vehicles and television sets for his entire adult life. He founded and maintained a salvage yard, “North Country Auto”, which was his pride and joy for many years. He worked as a Brakeman for Chicago Northwestern Railroad, Purolator Courier, and Glenn Mack contracted Postal Mail Service until he retired in 2002. 

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Leona; his children, Charles North II, Tammy (Mark) Wibel, Denise (David) Lester, Tracie North, James North Sr (Fiancée Sarah), and Michael North. He is further survived by 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; and also by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clara and Glen; a beloved 17-month-old grandson, Anthony Charles North; brother, Alvin North; and sisters, Mary Zech, Vivian Hadt and Eila Myers. 

One thing with Chuck that everyone could count on was his quick wit along with his honest opinions, and a ‘rainy day’ five-dollar bill. Charles was a very avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers and NASCAR. He loved anything that had to do with the outdoors, as well as spending many a night at the various casinos playing the slot machines and bingo. His favorite quote was, “If I ever win the lotto….” 

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at Mayo Clinic Health System and the nurses with the St Croix Hospice Team. 

Funeral services was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Truax Congregational United Church of Christ, 1008 S. 50th Street in Eau Claire, with Pastor David Stratton officiating. Visitation was held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior the service at the church. Inurnment was held in Big Elk Creek Lutheran Cemetery, Elk Mound, with Military Honors conducted by Russell-Toycen American Legion Post #131. Sampson Funeral Home is assisting his family with arrangements.

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