Wilcox, Charles Richard (1931-2008)

Charles Wilcox, 76, died on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at his home in Thief River Falls, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 14 at the Evangelical Free Church in Newfolden, with Rev. Gary Barrett officiating. Casket beares included Charles’ grandsons. Honorary casket bearers included Charles’ granddaughters. Interment was held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Newfolden.

Charles Richard Wilcox was born on December 2, 1931 to Charles Edwin and Bessie Harriet (Randal) Wilcox in Chouteau, Montana. He spent his boyhood in Montana and then moved to Minnesota. He was thankful for his childhood, growing up with the sheep herders and horses in Montana and the grain farmers in Minnesota. He “got the best of both worlds.” He attended school in Gary.

He was united in marriage to Gertrude TenBos, the mother of his children. They raised their children in Newfolden and Thief River Falls. He drove truck for City Dairy and Holsum Bread. He did janitor work for the employment office. He drove truck for Arctic Cat and retired from Schneider Transport. He then worked part-time for the City of Thief River Falls and also drove school bus.

Charles loved golfing and watching sports. He was a sports nut. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Playing cards with his friends was always enjoyable. He spent many winters in Pharr, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Stratton, Dallas, Texas; five daughters, Peggy (Vernon) Gunderson, Newfolden, Patricia (Jerome) Nelson, Newfolden, Jamie (Michael) Distel, Viking, Julie (Corey) Skjerven, Thief River Falls, Tami Wilcox, Newfolden; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sharon (Wayne) Anderson, White Bear Lake and Joy (Louis) Husman, Becker.

Charles was preceded in death by his son, Charles David Wilcox; parents, brother James Wilcox, and one granddaughter.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky