Obituary: Chuck Pfisthner


August 18, 2023

Charles William “Chuck” Pfisthner, 92, of Cloquet passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, surrounded by his family at Evergreen Knoll in Cloquet. He was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Morris, Minnesota to Charles and Delma Pfisthner.

Chuck was a dedicated person, even at a young age when he decided to leave school after the eighth grade to go and work at logging camps. Then he joined the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of sergeant by the time he was discharged.

Chuck married Gloria Ranta on Sept. 15, 1953.

Chuck spent all his adult life in Cloquet. He owned many businesses, including a grocery store on Big Lake Road and Pfisthner and Sons Paving.

Chuck and Gloria were very active in the horse program for the Carlton County 4-H clubs. They owned and boarded horses on their property for many years.

Chuck worked at the refinery in Wrenshall where he was part of the team to run the first computerized system in the industry.

He attended Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, where he was an elder for many years.

Chuck was also a member of the Local 49ers Union.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Netta Olson; and brothers Clayton Pfisthner and Leland Pfisthner.

He is survived by his loving wife Gloria; daughter, Cheryl Caza of Duluth; sons, Chuck (Margaret) Pfisthner Jr. of Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin, Craig (Jane) Pfisthner of Big Fork, Minnesota, and Chris Pfisthner of Poplar, Wisconsin; grandsons, Bryce (Emily) Pfisthner of Cloquet, Ben White of Cloquet, Jake (Tyann) Pfisthner of Big Fork, Sam (Morgan) Pfisthner of Creston, Minnesota, Wyatt Pfisthner of Park Falls, Wisconsin, Nicholas Pfisthner of Poplar, and Tanner Johnson of Cloquet; granddaughters, Brittany Finn of Cloquet, Catie (Thor) Gunderson of Park Falls, Wisconsin, and Kerrissa Eggert of Ironwood, Michigan; 16 great- grandchildren; brother Richard Pfisthner of Lake Nebagamon; sister Marilyn Henniger of Barnum; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

Visitation: 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. funeral service Monday, Aug. 21 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cloquet. Burial will take place following the service at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cloquet. Military Honors will be accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard.

A luncheon will follow the burial. To sign a guest book and leave an online tribute, see http://www.atkinsnorthlandfuneral


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