Charles R. Marquardt

11/03/1932 - 03/02/2024


Obituary For Charles R. Marquardt

Charles R. Marquardt, 91, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2024.

Charles was born to Richard and Ruby (Lockren) Marquardt on November 3, 1932, at his home in Eau Claire, WI.

Charles graduated from Altoona High School in 1950. After graduation Charles entered the United States Air Force where he served as a Staff Sargent from 1951 - 1955. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He loved sports, especially the Badgers, Brewers, and Packers – but he was always a Rail Roader at heart. Charles was devoted to his loved pups, Sue, Megan, Molly, Masie, Sara, and special buddy and love, Lilly.

Charles is survived by his sisters, Diantha Lou Bell and Judith Kay Lerhke; his special friends and caregivers, Sue and Tom Brantner. He is also survived by Richard Heiman, Bob and Connie Cramer, Clint and Mary Pahman, Dode McFaul, Jerry and Nancy Fuller.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Julia Ann Jenson; many aunts and uncles; and cousins.

Special thank you to Oak Gardens Place and Interim Hospice.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2024, from 1:00-3:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel. There will be a burial following the visitation at St. John’s Cemetery at 3:15 pm with honors performed by American Legion Post 53.

In lieu of flowers, donations could be given to Guide Dogs of America ( or to the Eau Claire Humane Association.


13 Mar


01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Smith Funeral Chapel 2222 London Rd Eau Claire, WI 54701 Get Directions »
13 Mar


03:15 PM

St. John's Lutheran Cemetery Omaha St. Eau Claire, WI 54701 Get Directions »
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  • 03/11/2024

  • 03/11/2024

    This will come as no surprise to anyone who knew and loved Charlie as we did, but our friendship started and flourished thanks to our shared love of dogs. He first contacted us in 2008 looking for a puppy. We welcomed him into our home/kennel to discuss his best options, and from that point forward, it was clear that we also welcomed him into our lives for good. Despite the fun had with the litter of pups while visiting, we all thought maybe an adult dog would be a better choice for him, and we promised to help him find the right fit to join his family. It was not too long there after when Lily came into our lives. She was an abandoned rescue dog that had been hit by a car and needed multiple surgeries, physical therapy, and lots of love and care to nurse her back to health. We absolutely loved her. Such a sweetheart. We had no intention of parting with her as once we welcome a dog into our home it is furever. But once she was back on all four feet and we saw the joy she brought to Charlie and he to her it was clear it was as much meant to be as was our friendship with him. From that point forward, Charlie gave her his heart and home and we had a cherished new friend...thanks to dear sweet Lily. Years passed, and our friendship grew into more a loving family. And why not...what wasn't there to love about Charlie. One of the kindest souls to ever bless us with his grace. One of the funniest people in our lives as well. Never short on charm and always cutting up bringing joy with each hilarious word. Such a gift to us all in so many ways. As our collective time with sweet Lily came to an end, it was clear that Charlie had lost a big part of his heart/his world. He was just never quite the same. Now that we too have lost a big part of our hearts/world with his passing, we look back at the joy and laughter, the love and care, and the blessings we shared with him and smile through the he is forever in our hearts...all thanks to a dog. Charlie wouldn't have it any other way. He lies now with her here on earth. Together in heaven though they are most assuredly playing ball, taking a walk, and perhaps enjoying a well deserved afternoon easy sweet Charlie. We love and miss you dearly! Much love, Connie and Rob Cramer

  • 03/06/2024

    So sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. I am the Admin of St. John's and he was always so kind to speak with whenever he would stop by or call.

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