Freddie Charles -- Alexandria, Minn.
Freddie Ray Charles was born on Dec. 19, 1946, in Statesville, N.C., to Freddie and Ruby (Holt) Miller. His father died when he was 7 years old. His mom married John Charles, who adopted Freddie and his brother, Mike. He graduated in 1965 from South Rowan High School in Mooresville, N.C. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country from 1965-1969 and served during the Vietnam War.
On July 28, 1967, Fred was united in marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Nancy Braswell, at St. Enoch Church in Mooresville, N.C. He attended UNC-Charlotte and earned a B.S. degree in engineering. He started his career at IBM in N.C. and was transferred to Rochester in 1982. He took an early retirement at age 51. He then did consulting work with the state of Minnesota. He finished his career at the Mayo Clinic and retired in 2008. Fred and Nancy then moved to their lake home in Alexandria.
Fred was an active member at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria and enjoyed volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and the Outreach Food Shelf. He enjoyed cooking, playing tennis, fishing, and playing bridge. Most of all, Fred enjoyed time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Fred died on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Alexandria; son, Jeffrey (Kimberly) Charles, of Charleston, S.C.; daughter, Amanda (Matthew) Robinson, of Morton, Minn.; grandchildren, Ryan and Justin Charles, and Kaylee, Kody, and Tyler Robinson; brothers, Michael (Judy) Charles, of Kannapolis, N.C., and William (Karen) Charles, of Salisbury, N.C.; sisters, Jenny (Ricky) Poole and Jeana Poole, both of Salisbury, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is being held today at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria, with the Rev. Alicia Hilding officiating. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Military honors provided by Alexandria American Legion Post 87, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 936, Vietnam Veterans Rifle Squad Chapter 235, and the U.S. Marine Honor Guard.
Memorials are preferred to Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, The Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf, and Calvary Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. www.andersonfuneral.net.