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In Memory of Charles "Charlie" Grant


3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin

Funeral Services

11:00 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Hammond

Charles A. Grant, age 86, retired St. Croix County Sheriff as well as honored member of St. Croix County American Legion, died unexpectedly Wednesday, August 22, at his residence. Charlie was born in on May 27, 1932, the son of Arnold and Evelyn (O’Brien) Grant in River Falls, WI. Charlie entered into the United States Armed Forces as a member of the Air Force following his high school graduation; he served for two years before his honorable discharge. On September 23, 1967, Charlie was united in marriage to Vera Wilcoxson in Hudson, WI.

Charlie spent his life caring for others – from years as a young boy caring for his dad who had MS, then as a teenage boy who had to take on the role of “man of the house” when his dad died,  to serving in the Air Force, and then 16 years caring for the folks of St. Croix County as our sheriff.  

Since his retirement from sheriff he’s continued to serve others through work on the County Board and the American Legion.  

Charlie is known for always having something to give out – maybe a flashlight or pen and always a piece for candy for kids at church.  

Charlie had a profound impact not only on his family, but also on the community and truly anyone who came into contact with him. Everyone will miss him greatly, but will try to follow his lead and care for others the way he did.

Charlie will remain in the hearts of his wife of over 50 years, Vera; children, Marla (Carl) Burton, Charles T. (Heather) Grant, Holly (Brian) Monroe; grandchildren, Kendrick (Ashley) Lalley, Garrett (Kendra) Lalley, Danny Holsapple, Alex Grant, Cassie Grant, and Joey Grant; as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended family, and countless members of the community in which Charlie proudly served.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Evelyn; siblings, Donna (Roland) Forsythe, and Lois (Bob) Carlson.

Funeral Services for Charlie will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Hammond. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, WI, as well as one hour prior to the Funeral on Monday. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, WI.

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    • Charlie Grant was a man of great integrity and kindness. He was a fair and totally impartial man. One only God could put amongst us. Thank you for your service to St Croix county and all the people you have helped over the years. Your kindness to my father and to me left a deep positive impression that has lasted my lifetime. Charlie Grant, they don’t come any better. Love to your entire family and your family in blue.

    • I was privileged to be St. Croix County Treasurer while Charlie was still on the County Board. His respect for my office was great, but no great than my respect and admiration for such a wonderful, giving man. You will be missed my many Charlie — but we all know you will continue to fly high and watch over all those you love and care about. My sympathies to the family.

    • A legacy of St. Croix County has left us, a bit sadder but better, for all his good deeds and kind heart. Peace to the Grant and Wilcoxsin families. Please keep Facebooking Vera, you have a great talent!

    • To the Grant family and friends please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one Charles. Hope and comfort comes from God’s wonderful promise for the loved ones we have lost in death to be fulfilled very soon right here on a brand new Paradise Earth by his son Jesus Christ it will give you hope and comfort during this difficult time Acts 24:15; John 5: 28, 29; Revelation 21: 1-5.

    • I loved to see Charlie walk through the door of the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley because I knew something GOOD for kids was about to happen! We lost a good one in Charlie, but his legacy and commitment to children will live on…rest in peace Charlie.

    • My Dad worked with Charlie. When me and my sister were small Charlie let us attend several of his outings at the JR Ranch where there was held a day of fun for school bus attendants, kids as well. We had so much fun.

      I remember Dad working on Charlie’s retired patrol car. I was driving it back to dads from Charlie’s and stopped at the 1st national back drive through. I bumped the drivers door into one of the divider lane posts and dented it. I was so upset. I got it back home and we did some repairs and attempted to bang out the dent, not a lot of success.

      When we returned the car to Charlie and apologized and I was so embarrassed. He just smiled and said that’s ok.

      Charlie was a good man and it was an honor to know him. He was one of the reasons I pursued a career in law enforcement as a Park ranger, for 24 years.

      Rest in peace and all my love to his family, Mark

    • Charlie was the greatest ambassador for all things good. It was truly a pleasure to watch this man interact with anyone he encountered. He will be missed but never forgotten.