Edward Charles “Charlie” John, 64, of rural St. Michael, N.D., passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014 at his home.

Edward Charles “Charlie” John, 64, of rural St. Michael, N.D., passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014 at his home.

Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, N.D., on Friday, June 20 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a Rosary and scripture service at 7 p.m.

Mass of Resurrection for Edward will be held on Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Michael. Fr. Brian Moen will celebrate the Mass and Edward will be laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery. The procession to St. Michael’s Catholic Church will leave at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday from the Gilbertson Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers for Charlie will be Boyd Herman, Jason Greene, Denny Greywater, Carl McKay Jr., Mitch Omen and Vinson Littleghost. Honorary pallbearers are all family and friends, Casino buddies, Kristy and Johnny Gaking, Cynthia Lindquist, Valerie and Lawrence Bull, Darlene Wadsworth, Fr. Charles Leute, Spirit Lake EMT’s, Fort Totten Police Department and Cankdeska Cikana Community College.

Family invites everyone to share a meal with them following the burial on Saturday at St. Michael and please no gifts for a give-away. Thank you for your prayers and support in these very difficult and sad days.

Edward Charles, son of Edward and Marjorie (John) Jones was born on April 20, 1950 in Fairbanks, AK. He was a member of the Doyon Limited/Toghotthele Corporations. He was raised and educated in Fairbanks and worked on the Alaskan Pipeline.

Alaska is where he met his wife Bernice. They were blessed with two sons, Chris and Tony. In 1982, the family moved to the St. Michael area, where Charles lived and worked until his death.

Charles continued his education receiving his Auto Mechanics certificate at Lake Region State College, Devils Lake and also attended Little Hoop Community College for a year. His desire for more education lead him to attend UND, Grand Forks, N.D.

Charlie enjoyed music, reading, biking, being outside, hiking and walking and cooking. In his younger day, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping. When he couldn’t be outdoors, he was very talented at beading. He never passed a chance to go to the casino and be with his “buddies,” but his most precious days were spending time with his grandkids.

Charlie’s survivors include his wife, Bernice; sons, Chris (Erica) and Tony: six grandchildren, Kara, Doninique, Julian, Mary Jane, Eden and Chaz; sister, Estelle Hayer and family; sisters-in-law, Mona Cannon (Ron) and family, Ernestine Herman and family, Janice McKay (Carl) and family,  Anna Littleghost and family.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Edward and Marjorie Jones; brother, Richard John and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may sign the online register book and share memories of Charlie at www.gilbertsonfuneralhome.com

Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.