He was born Aug. 11, 1918, in Caledonia to C. Benjamin and Bertha (Nelson) Albee. Charles was a 1936 graduate of Caledonia High School. On Sept. 7, 1939, he married Mildred Wiegrefe at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Eitzen, Minn., and they shared 70 years of marriage until Mildred preceded Charles in death on March 19, 2010. He farmed southwest of Caledonia for most of his life. Charles was an active member of the Caledonia United Methodist Church. He served on the Caledonia Hospital Board, the Evergreen Cemetery board and the District 39 School Board for many years. Charles was the superintendent for open class exhibits for crops and furniture at the Houston County Fair. He was the dairy project leader and custodian for the Caledonia Rockets 4H Club. After his retirement, Charles began woodworking at the request of his friends and family and he enjoyed teaching his grandchildren all about the craft.
Survivors include his four daughters, Joanne Rice, Caledonia; Kathy (Bob) Bubbers, Rock Falls, Ill.; Gail (Eric) Nelson, Caledonia, and Janet (Wayne) Beyer, Lewiston, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, Linae Rice, Corene (Craig) Dunbar, Bob (Denise) Bubbers, Jr., Jeff (Tracy) Bubbers, E.J. (Tammy) Nelson, Jessica Nelson, Jennifer (Mark) Nutt, Wade (Kayla) Beyer, Anne (Jon) Boehmke, and Brian and Brady Beyer; 15 great-grandchildren and three on the way; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Marion (Sidney) Myhre; two sisters-in-law, Eva Albee and Gwen Wiegrefe; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Alfred Albee; his son-in-law, Nick Rice; and three brothers-in-law, Marvin (June) Wiegrefe, Harold Wiegrefe, and Paul Wiegrefe.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at the Caledonia United Methodist Church, 308 N. Kingston St. Rev. Mark Bengtson will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may call at Caledonia United Methodist Church on Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and also on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Caledonia United Methodist Church, the Portland Prairie Church, the Houston County Historical Society, and the Evergreen Cemetery Association. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, Minn., is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.