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Charles Ralph Wead

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Charles Ralph Wead

Charles Ralph Wead, age 79, of Harmony, Minn., died Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Harmony Healthcare Center in Harmony.

Charles was born August, 11, 1934 in Preston, Minn. to Ralph and Verna (Turner) Wead. He graduated from Canton High School in 1952 and served in the Army from 1954 to 1955.

Charles married Ada Turnmire, two children were born to this union: Scott and Michael, they later divorced and he married Margaret Gulbranson, two children were born to this union: Julie and Donovan, they later divorced and he married Nancy Smith on August 12, 2000.

Charles worked for Fillmore County in the road maintenance department for 45 years, retiring in 1997. He loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles, camping and spending time with his friend, family, especially the grandchildren.

Charles is survived by his wife Nancy of Harmony; his four children: Scott (Donna) Austin of Algoma, Wis., Michael Austin of Rochester, Minn., Julie (Don) Barnes of Harmony and Donovan (Marty McPeak) Wead of Cresco, Iowa; his wife Nancy’s children: Mari (Mark) Wolfe of Decorah, Iowa, Diana (Tom) Smith of West Union, Iowa, Sandra (Mark) Mensink of Preston, Ricky (and friend Lia) Nesteby of Red Wing, Minn., Paul (Patsy) Nesteby of Red Wing, Steven (Michelle) Nesteby of Decorah, Iowa; his former wife Margaret’s four children from a previous marriage: Michael (Nancy) Gulbranson of Spring Grove, Minn., David Gulbranson of Torrington, Wyo., Steven (Carolyn) Gulbranson of Houston, Minn. and Brenda (Richard) Kaiser of Fountain City, Wis.; six grandchildren; numerous step-grandchildren; his sister, Verdell (Ken) Heibel of Harmony and any nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 2 at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Interment with Military Rites will followed in Greenfield Cemetery, Harmony. The Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony is assisting the family.

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