HOUSTON, Minn. — Charles Merle Carrier, 90, of Houston passed away Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.

Charles was born June 10, 1927, in Yucatan, Minn., to Hollis and Marie (Ellefson) Carrier. He married Wanda Lou Williams Oct. 18, 1946, in Iowa. Charles served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943 to 1945. He worked for Allis Chalmers in La Crosse, for eight years, he was a surveyor for Minnesota-DOT for 19 years, and worked as the police chief for the City of Houston, for 17 years, where he also worked as a garbage hauler. Charlie was an avid baseball player and manager. He loved to collect everything. There wasn’t a garage sale, auction, or free box that he missed for many years.

Charles is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Lauritzen of Jessup, Iowa, Barb Laumb of Rushford, Minn.; sons, Bruce (Deb) of Sioux Falls, S.D., Marlin (Mary Ann) of Rushford, Ken (Teesh) of Houston, Jeff (Peg) of Adrian, Minn., Ron (Kathy) of Rushford, Van (Chris) of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Todd (Carmela) of La Crosse; his brother, Donnie Carlson; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; and by his beloved dog, Corky.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda; daughter, Jill Olloff; sons-in-law. Jerry Laumb and Dean Lauritzen; grandsons, Charles Lauritzen, Jesse Carrier; granddaughter, Deea Lauritzen; sister, Marilyn Wheaton; and brother, Jackie Carrier.

There will be a funeral service for Charles at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston, with the Reverend Linda McPeak officiating. Burial will be in the Money Creek Cemetery in Money Creek, Minn. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Hoff Funeral Service in Houston and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

Leave a memory of Charles and sign his online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com.

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