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Chares W. Musolf, 92, of Longview passed away April 21, 2014, in Portland.

He was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Gnesen Township, Minn., to Michael and Stella (Mosiniak) Musolf.

Charles joined the Army in 1945 and, like his brother Richard, was in the Battle of Normandy. His troop ship landed twice due to the tide change. He also saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. During the war, he was an engineer involved in the removal and re-installation of many bridges, worked in the motor pool on General Pattons jeep and was recruited along with several other platoons into General Eisenhowers Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) to protect assets in Vienna when the Russians were heading home.

He managed Greenwood Cemetery in Astoria, Sunset Memorial Gardens in Chehalis and was cofounder of Green Hills Cemetery in Kelso. He retired from Reynolds Metals in 1982 as an electrical foreman working on the pot line cranes. He progressed from farming, to learning to build his own airplanes, boats and an electric car for his three daughters. He was always building and rebuilding his antique cars.

Charles memberships included Northlake Baptist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1045, Cowlitz Old Time Car Club, The Historical Automobile Club of America, and serving as treasurer of the Cowlitz Independent Order of Odd Fellows, joining the lodge in 1949.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith in 2008; four brothers, Floyd, Henry, Michael and Richard; and three sisters, Pearl Myshack, Irene Conant and Jean Musolf.

He is survived by a sister, Olive Kirkland of Hermantown, Minn.; his three daughters, Charlotte Briggs (Gordon), Cynthia Schlecht (John) and Debra Cole (Terry), all of Longview; four grandchildren, Nicole Thomas (Rob) of Naples, Italy, Rebecca Caron (Brad) of Plymouth, Minn., Eric Cole (Valerie Kelton) of Juneau, Alaska and Aaron Cole of Buckeye, Ariz.; five great-grandchildren; and his friends at Somerset Retirement Home.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: 11 a.m. Saturday in Northlake Baptist Church, Longview, Wash., with Pastor Mark Schmutz and Dr. James Conrod officiating.

Arrangements are by Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park & Crematory.