Glenn T. Charlson

Glenn T. Charlson, 88, of Mountain, died peacefully Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, with family by his side.

Born Nov. 21, 1935, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to the late Rev. Dalton and Pearl (Rasmussen) Charlson, he spent his childhood years in Two Harbors, Minnesota, and other towns across the Midwest. Glenn graduated from high school (Galva, Illinois) class of 1953 and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Bradley University (Peoria, Illinois) in 1957.

After college, Glenn served in the U.S. Army Reserve while beginning a 40-year long career at Simmons Juvenile Products in Munster, Indiana, and New London, ultimately serving as vice president of manufacturing.

In 1958, Glenn married Ruth Binder and had two sons, Jeff and Andy. In 1990, Glenn married Evelyn (Falk) Latimer in an intimate ceremony on the property in Mountain they would eventually call home. Once retired, the plan was put in motion to move “north.”

Ev and Glenn set out to create a sustainable forest from former, unmanaged cropland. They joined the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association (WWOA) where they found invaluable information and met many like-minded land stewards. Their hard work was recognized when they were chosen as the Wisconsin Tree Farmers of the Year in 1998, then North Central Region Tree Farmers of the Year in 2000. The tree farm became a place where family gathers to enjoy each other, the fruits of the woods and the beauty of nature.

Glenn was a mentor and a trusted adviser to many. He was always willing to help others and was a patient listener. He’ll be remembered for his schematic drawings, spreadsheets and his organized and calm approach to life. He was a master woodworker and could produce beautiful turnings as well as fabricate a piece of furniture effortlessly.

Fifteen years ago, Glenn suffered a stroke after surgery, robbing him of his speech and full movement. Despite this adversity, he was an inspiration to many people and managed to get his point across when it counted.

Glenn remained a charmer and consummate gentleman.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Evelyn, two sons, Jeff (Satara) Charlson and Andy Charlson; stepchildren, Dan Latimer and Christine (Jim) Perz; grandchildren, Adam Charlson, Elizabeth (Mat) Collins, Marissa Charlson, Amber Latimer, Maddie (Micah) Neely, Cody Latimer, Kelsey Larsen; great-grandchildren, Selah, McKenna, Willow, Norah, Everett and Ali; a sister, Sandra Ligocki, sister-in-law, Cathy Charlson. He is further survived by niece, Karen, and nephews, Dan and Mark Charlson.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, David Charlson; brother-in-law, Dick Ligocki; and grandsons, Kevin Charlson and Mitchell Cremer.

Visitation will be held at Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, from 9 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Steven Stoll officiating. Glenn will be interred in Mountain Cemetery. Casual woodland dress is suggested.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.

The family would like to thank the staff at Lakewood Assisted Living for their care and kindness of our beloved patriarch.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in honor of Glenn to Tabor Lutheran Church, the WWOA, or plant a tree.

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