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(August 16, 1928 – June 25, 2014)

Charles E. Wakeman 85, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at MidMichigan Stratford Village. Charles was born on August 16, 1928 to the late U.C. and Gladys (Poole) Wakeman.Charles married Mary Ellen Bruske on July 9, 1949 in Reed City, Michigan. Charles worked for Dow Chemical Company in Instrumentation for 38 years. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Charles loved the outdoors and enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid reader and designer in his spare time. Charles is survived by wife, Mary Ellen, his daughter, Barb Altland, sons; Charles S. (Teresa) and Mark (Janet) Wakeman, 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Charles was predeceased by his brothers Melvin and Robert and one granddaughter Rachel.A funeral liturgy will be held at 11am, on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Blessed Sacrament Church with Father Kevin Maksym officiating. Visitation will be at Smith-Miner Funeral Home on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 4-7 pm and on Saturday, at the church, from 10am until the time of service. Burial will be at Midland City Cemetery.Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Heart Association and the Midland Community Cancer Services.On-line Condolences can be given at smithminer.com