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Charles L. "Whitey", "Red", "Charlie" Winquist, 90, of Rockford, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in Presence St. Anne Center. Born on October 5, 1927, in Rockford, the son of John "Stan" and Elsie (Anderson) Winquist. He was a veteran on the U.S. Navy where he was stationed in Guam during World War II. Charles married Donna Mae Welsby on July 23, 1949 in Rockford. She predeceased him on August 2, 1993. He was a butcher for many locations including Rockford Provisions. After retirement he worked as a custodian at Rock Valley College. Charles enjoyed fishing, yard work, listening to the Cubs on the radio and the Chicago Bears.
Survived by his children, Connie Winquist of Rockford, Thomas (Karin) Winquist of Winnebago, and Cathy (Tim) McCrudden of Sandstone, MN; grandchildren, Ryan, Kelly (Steve) Gunderson, Abby (Charlie) Huckleberry, and Julie (Jared) Kauffman; great grandchildren, Andrew, Taylor, Aidan, Emma, Jackson, Audry, and Olive; and brother, John Stanley Winquist. Also predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Ruth and Charlotte; and infant brother, Buddy.
Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018 in Fred C. Olson Chapel with Reverend Jay Quinn officiating. Burial at Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the family.

Condolences & Shared Memories (6)

  1. Steve Nielsen

    I Met Charlie At Rock Valley College we Worked in Student Center together We Worked Alot Hours Together we Went On Bus Trips together I'll Miss u Charlie Thank's God Bless You Your Friend Steve Nielsen.

  2. Orv & Dorothy Fant

    Knew Whitey back in 1960' and 1970's when he, Donna, Norby & Alice Nelson, Lee and Shirley Green, and us were members of a fun 500 card club. Whitey worked at Ken's Market on N. Church st, in those years. We had many happy months of card playing together, as well as picnics, and New Years Eve gatherings. Our sincere sympathy to his family.

  3. Bob Batutis

    Tom & Family, so sorry to hear of yours Dads passing. He always had a sense of humor. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you. Bob & Jaymie Batutis

  4. John Lawrence

    Remembering the good times with Charlie at Rock Valley. A loyal man and a good man. It was an honor to know him.

  5. Tomison E. Winquist

    Thanks to my dad and Cousin Red, the value of “cousin” relationships was passed down and is currently flourishing with Abby and Julie's children, as well as between my MI cousins and their children's cousins. What a great legacy to leave our family. ❤️

  6. Tom and Shirley Winquist

    I have so many fond memories of shared times with my Cousin Red going back to our childhood so long ago. He was a kind and thoughtful man dedicated to his family, and no one I've ever met worked harder to provide for them than he did. Much as we would like to be there for his service, health difficulties and weather dictate otherwise, but know that we will be there in spirit. We will miss him. Bon voyage, my cousin and friend. May you rest in peace with your beloved.

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