Charles Lewis Holsapple passed away on Oct. 10, 2005. He was born on April 20, 1914, to Lewie and Gertrude (Dugan) Holsapple in Daggett Brook Township, Minn. He also was known as "Black Jack Charlie" to all the kids on his milk route.
He married Mable Fleishacker on April 20, 1939, at St. Mathias Church. Together they had five children: Gertrude, Patrick, Dianne, Warren and Vickie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mable; son, Patrick; brother, Harvey; sisters, Hazel, Jellita, Margie, Leone, Kathern, Mary, Lorraine and Elizabeth; and his second wife, Lena (Krueger) Holsapple.
Charlie is survived by four children, daughter, Gertrude (Ian) Tougas, of Fort Ripley, Dianne Dugan, of Tampa, Fla., Vickie (Mike) Ritter, of Tampa, Fla.; son, Warren (Peggy) Holsapple, of Fort Ripley; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Charlie was employed at Burlington Northern Railroad as a fireman, then he went to work with his brother, Harvey, moving buildings and box cars out of the railroad yard, until he bought a can milk route and truck. This is when he inherited the name Black Jack Charlie from all the kids on his route. There used to be a chewing gum named "Black Jack," which he carried a good supply of in his truck and made sure all the kids on his route always had a treat. After the can milk began to get outdated Charlie bought a bulk milk truck and continued to haul milk for the farmers until he retired. Charlie was a member of St. Mathias Catholic Church, the South Long Lake Gun Club and the Eagles.
Charlie enjoyed and loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his family and friends. After his retiring he was able to enjoy a longtime dream of going up to Alaska for several months of hunting big game and fishing with his nephew, Lewie Finch, and his family until his blindness for the last 18 years. Over the years Charlie acquired many, many close friends and neighbors and will be sadly missed by them and his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, at St. Mathias Catholic Church in St. Mathias Township with Father Kris McKusky officiating. Burial will be at St. Mathias Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd. Visitation also will be held a half-hour before services at the church on Friday.
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