July 9, 1927 – March 22, 2014
Charles Edward Hotchkiss, 86, of Monroe passed away at 2:08 p.m. Saturday at Medilodge of Monroe. He had been in poor health for four months.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. Rev. David Burgard, pastor of the church, will officiate with burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.
Born July 9, 1927 in Monroe he was the son of Charles Christopher and Ruby (Marshall) Hotchkiss. He married Zola Mae Stratton on June 28, 1947 at St. Mary Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on November 16, 2011.
Charles was employed by the Monroe Auto Equipment Company for ten years and by Michigan Gas Utilities Company for thirty-five years retiring in 1990.
He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy from May 17, 1945 to July 27, 1946.
Charles was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church where he was baptized, confirmed and educated. He was a former of V.F.W. Post 1138 Monroe and the Monroe and Frenchtown Senior Citizens.
Surviving are his daughters Susan K. Webb and Barbara J. Padot-Bates both of Monroe; grandchildren Jeffrey (Maribeth) Webb, Lisa (Larry) Richter, David (Andrea) Padot, Timothy (Sheli) Padot and Barbara (Cutis) Durocher and twelve great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death his wife, parents, two daughters, Carol A. Kranz and Janet M. Hotchkiss, grandson Robert D. Kranz, sisters, Ruth Danz, Lillian Becker and Luella Navarre.
Charles was a loving husband and father who provided for his family in whatever way he could. He was a very proud man who was also so proud of his entire family. Before the death of his loving wife Zola, they traveled to many of the fifty states. They also enjoyed the casinos and spending time with family. His gentle nature and kindness will be missed by all who cared about him.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.