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Charles Henry “Charlie” Gerlach, Jr. III, age 46, formerly of Manistee, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016 at home in Wyoming under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Michigan.


The son of Joyce Ann (Kellogg) & Charles Henry Gerlach, Jr. II, he was born on January 18, 1970 in Manistee.  Charlie spent 25 years as a river guide and first mate guiding tours on Lake Michigan and the Big Manistee.


He was preceded in death by his parents.  Surviving are his partner, Jacci Harding and her children, JoJo Harding and Josh Harding, all of Wyoming;  daughter, Sara Gerlach and her partner, Ray Stevens, and their children, Ethan and Trey, all of Manistee;  two sons, Zach Gerlach  and his partner, Brenna Rhachelle, and their children Parker and new coming baby Gerlach, all of Manistee, and Ty Gerlach of Wyoming;  sister Geri Walker and her partner, Kyle Granger;  a brother, Gary Walker;  special nieces, Heather Adamski and Dani Dillion;  and many other dear relatives and friends.


A celebration of life gathering is from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Manistee National Golf and Resort, 4797 Grant Highway, Manistee.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Charlie’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: 

Arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.  


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  1. Paul, Linda, Kirt & Dani Dillon on June 2, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    We will miss Charlie very much. I am very Thankful he was able to make some great
    memories for his niece Dani.

  2. Sheri Gerlach on June 2, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Thank u bro for being apart of my life, I will miss u everyday.

  3. Sandra gerlach on June 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Charlie I will always love u and miss u and I will always cherish the memories when me and ur were together.

  4. Sandra gerlach on June 2, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I meant to say I will love u and miss and cherish the memories that we had when me and ur dad were together.

  5. Andrea (bialik) kelley on June 4, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Sandra and Sara, we haven’t talked in a long time but my biggest condolences go out to you both. I love you both and hope you will find peace. Sara, if you need to talk I understand how you feel, I’m here.

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