Charles Richard Lagerberg, 82, of Black River, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at Besser Senior Living in Alpena. Charlie was born July 23, 1940, to Matt and Ruth (Kuster) Lagerberg. He was raised in Alpena. Charlie was a teacher for Bay City Public Schools, where he taught mechanical drawing, industrial arts, science, and math. He retired in 1992 to Black River. Charlie was a co-founder of the Brown Bottle Hunt Club, where he met his canine companion, Buddy. He was an avid outdoorsman, and loved hunting, fishing, and spending time on his tractor. Charlie enjoyed almost yearly trips with his daughter, Karen. They managed to visit all United States except Hawaii, as he would not fly, and most Canadian Provinces. He loved summer trips to Camp Merriment, and herring fishing on St. Joseph Island, Canada and Drummond Island. Charlie was a great sports fan, and loved cheering for the MSU Spartans, and the Detroit Lions and Tigers. He was a dedicated volunteer for Alcona Township, spending countless hours improving the Township Park. A talented woodworker, Charlie could build just about anything. He was always willing to give a helping hand. Charlie is survived by his daughter, Karen (Kent) VandenBosch, his longtime dear friend, Peggy Carlin, his feline companion, Miss Kitty, and his many friends, including the members of the Brown Bottle Hunt Club. Cremation arrangements were made through Gillies Funeral Home, Lincoln. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. Memorial donations are suggested to the Alcona Humane Society, or to Hospice of Michigan.
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