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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Charles I. “Chuck” Viergutz Sr., 80, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, fell asleep in death on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at Altru Hospital with his loving family and friends by his side.

Charles Ivil Viergutz was born on Feb. 15, 1937, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the son of Ivil and Emily (Jonas) Viergutz. Chuck grew up in Nebraska and first worked for a railroad company. Chuck had many occupations during his lifetime. His longest was working in the hide cellar at a meat packing plant outside Schuyler. Chuck married his first wife, Jean Birkel, and they had two children Jeanie and Charles Jr. “Chuckie.”

He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Jan. 19, 1985. He was united in marriage to a fellow Witness, Annette Osell, on Feb. 1, 1986, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Along with Chuckie, they raised two children Nathan and Jessica. They first lived in Grand Forks and then moved to Schuyler. They returned to the Grand Forks area in 1994. Shortly after returning to the area Chuck began working for the J.R. Simplot Company as a custodian. He retired in 2001.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Ivileen Martinez.

Chuck is survived by his wife of more than 31 years, Annette Viergutz of Grand Forks, North Dakota; children, Jeanie (Jeff) Taake of Papillion, Charles “Chuckie” Viergutz of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Nathan (Melanie) Viergutz of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, and Jessica Viergutz of Grand Forks, North Dakota; grandchildren, Sydney Taake, Kiley Viergutz and Mackenzie Viergutz; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2311 River Rd. NW, East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service on Saturday.

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Arrangements by Dahl Funeral Home of East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

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