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Charles Edward Yost


August 18, 2018

LAKE TOMAHAWK, Wis. - Charles Edward Yost of Lake Tomahawk passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Aug. 13, 2018.

Charles was born on Jan. 21, 1940, in Chicago, Ill., to Edwin G. Yost and Irene M. Yost (Seivert.)

He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his son, Douglas P. Yost, of Rice Lake, and his first wife, Susan Pelton, of Providence, R.I.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 25 years, Avelin S. Yost, and their son, Edwin D. Yost, of Ontonagon, Mich., daughter Angela S. Yost, three grandchildren: Alexander Munson, Tyler Munson (Hannah Courter) and Destiny Kolve, of Chippewa Falls; sisters Ann Henne (Dave), of Sun Prairie, and Meagan Yost, of Hollandale; brother, Edwin "Butch" Yost (Rose Marie), of Tavernier, Fla .; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles grew up on the family resort Bide-A-Wee on Lake Hasbrook, where he developed his passion for the great outdoors. He was in the first graduating class of Lakeland Union High School.

He was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie and earned his doctorate in manufacturing engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Charles did exhibition parachuting and training during his college years and was a recipient of the Bush Fellowship scholarship.

He started his teaching career at UW-Stout. During a sabbatical, he was a bush pilot and flight instructor in Alaska. After returning to his career at UW-Stout, he built a single engine floatplane, which he operated along with other aircraft.

Charles was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed his time and camaraderie with his fellow hunting and fishing pals. He took great pride in being the camp cook and meat processor. He loved taking care of people and inspired others. He was a patriot and a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution.

After retirement, he and his wife, Avelin, and their newborn son, Eddy, relocated to Ontonagon, where Charles continued his passion for flying, hunting and fishing. Throughout his life, he contributed by serving on many committees, boards and commissions.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Ontonagon Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 126, Ontonagon, MI 49953.

We are so grateful for the prompt response and support to assist Chuck and his family.

Contact Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services, 715-356-3200 or to share condolences.


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