Charles “Charlie/Chuck” Carr Nordhaus, age 83, of Monticello, MN, and formerly of Golden Valley, MN, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Lakeview Ranch in Dassel, MN, from Lewy body dementia. He was born January 31, 1931, in Chicago, IL, son of Charles and Evelyn Zelm Nordhaus.
Charles married Josephine Mena on October 18, 1952, in Chicago, IL, who survives him. He proudly served his county during the Korean War aboard the U.S Navy ship, USS Worcester (CL-144). Throughout his active duty, he sailed around the world, docking at over 20 different ports in various countries. After his military service, he graduated college, and started his employment at Mass Mutual Life Insurance. He earned his Chartered Life Underwriter Certification and became a C.L.U. National Account Executive for Life and Health Benefits & Management with Mass Mutual. He worked for that company for over 30 years and retired at the age of 55. Upon retirement, Charles and Josephine became snowbirds at Swiss Golf and Tennis Club in Winter Haven, FL. He liked traveling, and particularly loved cruises. Some of Charlie’s favorite trips were to Hawaii, Bermuda, Alaska and Switzerland. He loved to laugh, especially at himself; he relished a good comedy production, magic show or musical. He enjoyed watching football & baseball, golfing with his buddies, bowling in his Friday men’s league, browsing local flea markets, and weekly dates with his wife to just about any movie at the theater. Other interests he shared with his family were sailing, fishing, boating, and waterskiing. He appreciated nature’s beauty and spent many spring & summer months at their two Minnesota homes, on Locke Lake and Travelers County Club on the Mississippi.
Charles will be missed dearly by his beloved wife and best friend of 63 wonderful years, Josephine Nordhaus; their three children, Glenn (Gail) Nordhaus of St. Louis Park, Craig (Lisa) Nordhaus of Monticello, and Linda (Todd) Vergin of Chaska. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Heather (Joe), Ashley (Matt), Derek, Shannon, Brianna, Payton and Landon; along with his four great-grandchildren, Merek, Silas, Mariah and Lily.
Private family Memorial Service with Military Honors for the Committal of Ashes will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Monticello on Saturday, July 26th, 2014.