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Johnny “John” Charles, age 77, of Newago, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2011, from injuries received as a passenger in an automobile accident in Pikeville, Kentucky. The son of Lem & Lula Charles, he was born on March 17, 1934 in Pikeville, Kentucky. A veteran of the U.S. Army, John had worked as a receiving clerk at Oven Fresh Bakeries and was a member of Teamsters Local No. 406.

Surviving are his children Michael John Charles of Wyoming, MI and Karen Watkins of Wyoming, MI; 7 grandchildren: Michelle Charles, Stephanie (Tim) VanderMel, Courtney (Adam) Knight, Casey Charles, Jon-David Stockholm, Bryan Watkins, and Brad Watkins, and a great grandson, Wyatt Jackson DeFreeze. Also surviving are a brother Joe Charles and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with family will be Friday, June 24th from 3-6 pm at American Legion Post 208, 133 44th St., Kentwood MI. A service will be held Sunday, June 26th at 11:00 am at American Legion Post 381, 6812 Croton-Hardy Dr., Newaygo MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans. Arrangements were entrusted to the Michigan Cremation Company, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.

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