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Charles W. Johnston

Charles W. Johnston age 78, of Plover passed away Tuesday morning February 28, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.  Charles was under the care of Ministry Hospice after a courageous two year battle with cancer.  Friends and family will gather to share memories from 1:00 – 6:00 PM on Sunday at the Plover V.F.W..   Shuda -  Plover Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Charles was born February 2, 1934 in Tomahawk, the son of Erava and Ruth (Martell) Karau.  After schooling, Charles entered the United States Army on February 6, 1951 in Milwaukee.  He served his country as a Private and earned the Korean Service Medal with e Bronze Stars, United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.  He was honorably discharges on February 5, 1954.  Upon his return Charles worked for the Larkee Family Amusement Shows throughout Wisconsin.  He married Barbara Liebe on February 3, 1962 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Stevens Point.  The couple settled in Merrill where Charles worked as a wood working laborer.  They moved to Stevens Point in 1964, and Charles began his career at Vetter Manufacturing.  When Vetters closed, Charles went on to work at the Port Edwards and Nekoosa paper mills until his retirement in 1991.  He and Barbara enjoyed to travel and going to casinos and playing bingo. 

He is survived by his wife Barbara, Plover; four daughters : Shelly House; Christine Stremkowski; Wendy Johnston; Jodi (Lawrence) Barrington.   10  grandchildren  and 5 great grandchildren.  His 3 brothers  James "JK" Johnston, Texas; Erava (Margareta) Karau, Merrill; Michael John Karau, WI.  His  sister Sandy Kozelka, Praire du Chien.   He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Berry Karuau.

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Shuda Funeral Service and Crematory

Plover & Stevens Point


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