THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Charles J. Smeester
Issue Date: August 23, 2018
Charles J. "Chuck" Smeester, 92, resident of ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.
Born Sept. 29, 1925 in Amberg, to the late Fay and Jule Smeester, he was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II. He married Karen Beach on June 3, 1961 in Amberg.
A businessman, he owned Smeester Oil Co. in Amberg and Culligan Water Conditioning in Iron Mountain, Mi. Later in life, he worked for Four Seasons Beer Distributing.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Karen; a son, Fred (Carol) Smeester of Amberg; three daughters, Fonda (Greg) Scoda and Peggy Gunderson, both of Indianapolis, In. and Lorelei (Clyde) Walker of Saint Augustine, Fla.; three brothers, Basil, Joseph and Loren; five grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, May; a sister, Fay Adora and a brother, William.
Graveside services will be held at Amberg Cemetery on Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Darryl Ditmer officiating. The Mullany-McTrusty American Legion Post #428, Amberg will accord military honors at graveside. Erickson Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is assisting the family with arrangements.