Charles Warner, 93, father of Canton man

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Charles “Chuck” H. Warner, age 93, of Brownton, Minn., died on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at his daughter’s home in Apopka, Fla.

He was born on Dec. 31, 1924, in Aitkin, Minn., the son of Charles H. and Esther (Huston) Warner.

He was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith at the Aitkin Congregational Church. 

He received his education in Aitkin graduating from Aitkin High School. He furthered his education at Moorhead State Teachers College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1951.

In 1952 he was united in marriage to Eunice Larson of Lake Park, Minn., at Eksjo Lutheran Church in Lake Park. This marriage was blessed with five children. They shared 64 years of marriage until she died on Feb. 14, 2017.

He was a community journalist his entire career. He was the publisher of the Brownton Bulletin, which won many awards.  He was also publisher of the Fairfax Standard, Gibbon Gazette, Olivia Times-Journal and the Stewart Tribune.  He was the co-publisher for The Page, N.D. Bulletin, Norwood Times, Winthrop News, Glencoe Enterprise, Cosmos News, Atwater Herold, Wadena Pioneer-Journal, Staples World, Litchfield Independent Review and the Hutchinson Leader.  He was one of the founders and longtime president of the Crow River Press.  In 1989, he received the distinguished service to journalism award.

He was an active community member and served on numerous community positions such as justice of the peace, mayor and councilman for the city of Brownton. He also served as vice chair of the school board, organizer and first president of the Brownton Area United Fund. He also served as a Brownton volunteer firefighter for 34 years and was chairman of the 22-county emergency medical group and a member of the state board for EMS and Minnesota Marketplace. 

He was an avid baseball fan and served 34 years on the Brownton Baseball Association’s board and was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. He was named Minnesota State High School Athletic Association’s Distinguished Alumni in 2003. He was chairman of the McLeod County Housing and during his time, constructed 100 units of housing in the county.

He enjoyed singing and was a member of the Litchfield Area Men’s Chorus.  Golfing was another preferred activity and he was a member of the Errol Estates Country Club in Apopka, Fla.  He was an avid fisherman throughout his life.

He was also a member of the Brownton Congregational Church, Zuhrah Shriners, the Brownton Rod & Gun Club and the Brownton Lions.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.

He is survived by his children, Charlie (Karla) Warner of Canton, Mary (Bob) Kobilka of Apopka, Fla., Beth (Brad) Fleahman of Bemidji, Minn., and Kay (Randy) Wilson of Glencoe, Minn.; nine grandchildren and one special grandchild; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice; daughter, Sue Anne; special son, Glenn Klitzke and sister, Nancy Berry.

Memorial services for him will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m., at the Congregational Church in Brownton, Minn.

Dobratz-Hantge Chapel of Hutchinson is in charge of the arrangements.