Charles W. Woodstock

Charles W. Woodstock

Charles Woodstock of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Monday November 18, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Mr. Woodstock was born June 9, 1925 in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, the son of Archer and Mary (Coon) Woodstock.

Charles served his country in the Armed Guard and continued his service as a Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy who served on nuclear submarines. He retired from the Navy after 22 years of service having been a member of the armed forces during WWII and the Korean War. After his service he was a professor at the University of New Mexico and he taught about nuclear reactors until his retirement. Charles was a member of Faith Chapel Ministries in Alamo and the V.F.W. in Marble Falls, TX and Otsego. In his leisure time he loved gardening and animals. Over the years he had several dogs and cats, and especially loved his most recent cat “Ben”.

On January 27, 2000, he married Mary Ellen (Sornbury) Fergusson, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Connie (Stephen) Tigchelaar of Kalamazoo and Chuck Woodstock of Nottawa; three step-children, Steve (Linda) Fergusson of Martin, Laura (Kevin) Riddell of San Jose, CA and Mike Fergusson of Otsego; two grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Archer (Betty) Woodstock of Otsego; a sister, Mary Dennis of Traverse City; several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; and brothers, Lawrence, Robert and Paul.

Friends may visit with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8:30 P.M. Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, November 22, 2013, with Pastor Tom Koning officiating. Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Charles may be made to Faith Chapel Ministries.

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  1. Bob & Linda Cooley says:

    Rita Malvitz just told us today about Charles’ passing. We are so, so sorry for your loss. If we can do anything to help you, please do not hesitate to call us.

  2. Mary Ellen Riggs says:

    Mary Ellen and family,

    So sorry to hear about Charles, I only meet him twice but really like him. I know you will really miss him.

    My Prayers are with you at this time.
    Mary Ellen Riggs

  3. Rita Howard says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Don & Nancy Williams says:

    Mary Ellen ..We were very sorry to hear about Charlie.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We wish that we could be there, but we are in Florida. When we get home we will see you. Don & Nancy Williams

  5. Duane McClung says:

    I was more than saddened to hear of Charles passing.
    Charles was a gentleman in every sense of the word.
    He will be sorely missed by all that knew him but Heaven will be a brighter place now that he is Home.

  6. Don & Sherri Ferguson says:


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  7. Merl and Sue Lindsey says:

    Mary Ellen, so surprised to hear of Charles passing. We just saw you both at Mom’s funeral on the 14th, and then we saw in the paper that Charles had passed a few days later. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. May God Bless you and give you strength at this difficult time. Our Love, Merl and Sue

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