January 19, 2021
SUN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. - It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Charles Rosen. Charles lived in San Tan Valley, and died unexpectedly on Jan. 6, 2021.
Known to many as Chuck or Charlie, he was born to Joseph and Beatrice (Ladin) Rosen on Dec. 13, 1941 in Ironwood, Michigan. Charles spent his childhood growing up in Ironwood and graduating from Luther L. Wright High School in 1959.
Charles took great pride in his country and was a proud veteran, having served in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. It was rare to see him not wearing his cherished Navy baseball hat. It was during his time in the service that he traveled to many places throughout the world and had lots of stories to tell. He was also very proud of his Jewish heritage, always making the claim that Moses' blood ran through his veins.
Charles was a successful businessman and had many businesses over the years in California, Wisconsin and Michigan. These include Bit O'Leather, Two-Gether Leather Mfg., Iron Horse Inn, Freddie's Saloon, Rustic Roadhouse, and Good Time Charlie's. He truly earned the nickname "Good Time Charlie," as he lived life to the fullest. We will never forget him always saying, "Life is for the living." He believed in this and wanted people to do the same.
Charles adored his wife, children, and grandchildren and maintained close contact with them. He was a very proud father and grandfather, and was always willing and able to lend an ear, offer advice and cheer everyone on.
Charles and his wife, Carrie, loved spending time gambling in Laughlin, Nevada, and were frequent visitors there. He also enjoyed sports and playing cards. Over the years he was an avid cribbage player and played whenever he could. In his younger years, he was in cribbage leagues and tournaments with his friends. Charles loved people and could strike up a conversation with anyone about anything. He enjoyed making people smile and laugh.
Besides his parents, Charles was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Rosen; a grandson, Trevor Stephani; and father-in-law, Arnie Sartori.
Chuck is survived by his beloved wife, Carrie; daughters Michele (Terry) Seibel and Debbie (Fred) Ruppe; and grandchildren Tanner Stephani, Blake Ruppe and Brooke Ruppe. Also surviving are his brother, Bernard (Geri) Rosen; sister, Elaine (Cindy Noblit) Rosen; brothers-in-law, David Sartori and Michael Sartori; and many nieces, nephews, an aunt, cousins and former in-laws.
Per Charles' wishes, there will not be any formal services. He will be laid to rest at the Shaarei Zadek Jewish Cemetery in Hurley, Wisconsin, at a later date.
We love you, Dad/Grandpa and miss you tremendously! You will live forever in our hearts until we meet again.