Charles Harne, 1956-2019

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Funeral services for Charles Ross Harne will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Jennifer Gonsalves will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea as well as one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Lakewood Cemetery.

Charles Harne

Charles passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community in Albert Lea following a heroic battle with bladder cancer. He was 62.

Charles “Chuck” Harne was born Oct. 8, 1956, in Albert Lea to Floyd and Harriet (Anderson) Harne. He grew up and attended school in Albert Lea. He stayed in the Albert Lea community his whole life and lived in a Crest Home Services group home. Chuck worked for Cedar Valley Services for over 43 years.

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Chuck was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church. He was involved in Special People in Religious Education, where his faith would continue to grow. Chuck loved being the camel herder for the annual ARC Nativity program. He was active in ARC of Freeborn County. Chuck was a Special Olympics athlete and proud state champion bowler. Each summer he had a garden at his home. Chuck would display his talents at the county fair, with exhibits from his flower and vegetable gardens along with other arts and crafts that he enjoyed creating.

Anyone who knew Chuck in his younger days knew that whenever possible, Chuck would ride his bike around the neighborhood. Chuck enjoyed music through song and dance, traveling, family gatherings and always loved going out to eat. A favorite memory of Chuck’s was being able to drive the duck boats at Wisconsin Dells with Nancy, Joan and other friends. He loved people and he loved life. The family will always cherish his smile and twinkle in his eye.

He is preceded in death by his father, Floyd Harne; infant brother, David James Harne; sister-in-law, Vickie Harne; both sets of grandparents and other relatives.

Charles is survived by his loving mother, Harriet Harne, of Albert Lea; siblings Lyle Harne of Albert Lea, Roxanne (Mark) Sauter of Cannon Falls, Rhonda (Bruce) Bennett of Owatonna and Brad (Lois) Harne of St. Charles; nieces and nephews Andy Harne, Kate (Aaron) Kardell, Ben Harne, Josh (Katie) Sauter, Cassie (Jacob) Anderson, Carrie Sauter (Amado Martinez), Lindsey Harne (Tim Johnson), Paige Harne and Ethan Harne; 12 great-nieces and nephews; as well as several special friends at Crest Services.

Blessed be his memory.