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Charles (Chuck) Retherford, 80, of Midland passed away at home surrounded by family on July 7, 2021.  He was born on August 7, 1940 to the late John and Clara (Fern) Retherford.  He married Patricia (Pat) Lundy on May 10, 1978 and they shared 43 wonderful years together.


Chuck served his country honorably in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.  He worked for GM as a production supervisor retiring in 1998.  Chuck enjoyed camping, sailing, biking, was an avid golfer and loved dogs.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.


Chuck is survived by his wife, Pat, children Bill (Beth) Robb, Jack (Vicki) Retherford, Dave (Carolyn “Pebb”) Robb, Tim (Brandy) Retherford, Cindy (Norm) Rezmer, Colleen (Louie) Landon, grandchildren Nicholas, Megan, Sara, Elizabeth, Samuel, Keaton, Kendall, Jordyn and 9 great grandchildren.    He is also survived by his sister Shirley (Ken) Polakowski.


A private memorial service will be held at a later date.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the donor’s favorite charity in memory of Chuck.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Retherford family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages


    18 July 2021 6 days ago

    our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Retherford family. I will miss the morning coffee at McDonalds with Chuck every morning in Winter Haven. Chuck was a very good friend and if needed help with anything you got it from Chuck. God bless.
    Vic and Eleanore Malone

  2. Wendy Walker and Gerald McKeown

    12 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    We are sending prayers and hugs to Pat and her family. We will miss seeing Chuck’s broad smile as he biked by us at Carefree. Namaste’. Jerry and Wendy

  3. Patty Pennington

    12 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    My little dog, Ace, and I will surely miss our friendly hellos from our Carefree Country Club neighbor and friend. Chuck was always ready with a smile, a little pep talk, and a bike ride with Pat. Sincere condolences to the true family from his second Carefree family. Will we all miss him.

  4. Tom and Gina Theisen

    11 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    prayers to Pat and family. Will miss my golf cart partner. God bless

  5. John & Louise Sumegi

    10 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    Condolences to Pat & Family, we certainly will miss seeing Chuck’s smile in Carefree. Please know that we are thinking of you.

  6. Bill and Karen Ballelli

    10 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    Only knew Chuck for a couple of years down in Carefree when we moved in next door. He and Pat introduce Karen and myself to Andy’s Drive in Restaurant for ice cream. He even bought. Bocce ball tournament, 8th street against the world. I have the skunk mascot because I was his assistant. Maybe he’ll help us win from upstairs now. It was great to have a fellow Michigander next door. He will be missed, that’s for sure. Prayers and condolence to Pat and the rest of the family. We lost a good man at Carefree, it won’t be the same without him.

  7. Sharon (Miner) Ashenfelter

    10 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    Just remembering all the great memories from Bullock Creek Grade School … (The Creekers)!! Opened his home for our Creeker Reunions in recent years! Always there for a good laugh!!! Our thoughts are there for you Pat & Family!

  8. Karen and Jerry Chambers

    09 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    From sailing and camping and fireside chats and searching for the perfect ice cream we will miss our dear dear friend !

  9. Ruth and Larry McKay

    09 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Retherford family! Chuck was loved by both of us very much. He was very helpful during Larry’s illness in many ways, the list is too long to put here. We are honored to call him friend , so glad my dear friend Patricia Lundy (since 7th grade) got to spend 43 years with him! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him!

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