Charles W. Rautio

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Charles Wayne Rautio, 87 of Gaylord, Michigan, joined his Lord and Savior on July 17, 2020.

Charles was born on August 19, 1932, in Detroit, to Wayne Rautio and Katherine (Bekkala) Rautio.  Charles had one brother, Johnny.

Charles married Joy Arlene Hutchins on April 16, 1955.   She preceded him in death on April 3, 2017.

Charles was a loving father to two children, Kathryn Renee Rautio, who preceded him in death on August 14, 2018, and Charles Jeffrey (Mary Kunkler) Rautio.  He was the proud grandfather of two grandchildren, Alex, and Kathryn “Kate.”

Charles grew up in Gaylord and learned a strong work ethic as a young boy.  He worked at his father’s gas station and later worked at Standard Products (Cooper Standard).  He developed an interest and talent in woodworking and became a licensed custom home builder.  Charles owned and operated his custom home building business for many years before retiring. He built numerous homes and cottages for people in the Gaylord area, and many became long-time friends.

Charles enjoyed woodworking, carving, beekeeping, camping, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing. He shared these hobbies with his children and grandchildren.  He was a member of the Northland Sportsmen’s Club of Gaylord, where he was awarded “Sportsman of the Year” in 2004.  Charles was a past member of the Kiwanis Club of Gaylord, active in his community, and attended the E-Free Church of Gaylord for many years.

Due to the current pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church.

13 comments on “Charles W. Rautio”

  1. Brenda Mccarry

    Thinking of you, Jeff and Family.
    I’m so sorry in this great loss of a good loving father. May you find peace in Gods loving care.

    1. My sincere condolences to y’all, Jeff, Mary, Alex and Kate, at the loss of your sweet father and grandfather. He stole my heart when I met him and enjoyed every interaction we had together. Y’all are in thoughts and prayers, but I take comfort knowing he is with Joy and Kathy now.

  2. Emily McLain Clement

    So very sorry to hear that Charlie passed away. He was always such a nice man, he and Joy were life long friends with my mother, Joan (McLain) Schreur. RIP Charlie!

  3. Judi Doan and Jim Monforton

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie’s family. I knew Charlie from work at Standard Products. I did some sewing on cushions for Joy and Charlie’s camper years ago. More recently Jim and I knew Charlie as an active member of the Northland Sportsmen’s Club where he was a most deserving Sportsman of the Year for sharing his love and knowledge of the outdoors.

  4. I met Charlie in the late seventies and was always impressed with his passion for people and love of his trade. He no doubt leaves warm memories of his efforts as a builder throughout the Gaylord area. Rest in Peace my friend.

  5. Charles and Joy were two of the best people from my childhood. The homes he built were works of art and a testament to his skill and work ethic. Sending love to Jeff and his family.

  6. Richard Shavinski CSA

    Jeff and Family, Our prayers go out to you and your loved ones. May he rest in Peace.
    Dick Shavinski CSA LUTCF

  7. Walter and June Owen

    Walter and I knew Charlie and Joy from The Northland Sportsmens Club. I remember him running the birdhouse program. He held a workshop in his garage to make kits and they were given free to young people to put together and put up at their homes. The first one to get a hatch in their birdhouse got a prize. We miss him but comforting to know that he and Joy are reunited.

    1. Jeff and family, so very sorry for the loss of your dad. He was a wonderful man and I have so fond memories of rides in his pick-up truck to early morning basketball practice. It was an honor to know he and your mom too. May the wonderful memories you have help overcome the loss you are feeling today. God bless – Bret & Rebecca Lewis

  8. Dear Jeff, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Barbara Dixon Walker

  9. Jeff, Alex and your Rautio family in Michigan, So very sorry to hear that Charles Rautio passed away. He was a wonderful person. I and my family and all Rautios in Finland miss Charles, Joy, and Kathy so much. Our thoughts are with you.

  10. Salme and Jorma Rautio

    Jeff and your family. So very sorry for the loss of your father. He was a great man and we will miss him.
    We Rautios in Tornio Finland have so good memories of your family. Our thoughts are with you.

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