Charles E. Coonrod Jr, 90, of Waters, Michigan passed away Sunday, March 19,2017, at Grayling Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Grayling.
He was born on January 12, 1927, in Chesaning, Michigan, to Charles and Frances (Ruff) Coonrod Sr. Chuck was a Staff Sgt. in the Army during WWII. He married Anna Backa in July of 1947 and together they raised their family of seven children. He worked as a mechanic at a local Gaylord automobile dealership and as a part-time janitor at Gaylord State Bank. Later he was hired by the Gaylord Public School system as a mechanic and bus driver. He retired from the Gaylord Public School System in 1989 after 26 years of service. Chuck was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a good husband and father and will be deeply missed.
Surviving are his wife, Anna, seven children, Margaret (Robert) Hunt, Mary Coonrod, Betty (Sandy) Eastway, Linda Christiansen, Irene (Robert) Kidder, Anne (Ron Richards) Pung, Charles Coonrod III, his grandchildren, Tracy Kidder and Christy (Andy) Walcott, great-grandchildren, Drake and Allaina Wilhoit, his sister, Helen Gasser.
He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Don and Jim, sisters Mary Hedrich and Theresa Koepplinger, and his son-in-law Clair Christiansen.
Cremation arrangements have been handled by Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord, Michigan. A private family gathering will take place later this summer to celebrate his life. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and/or the family.