Charles Postler

Charles F. Postler, Jr. went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 8th, 2014 after a long battle with a variety of health issues. He was born to Edna and Charles Postler, Sr. in 1927 living to an age of 86 years old.

Charles was raised on a dairy farm near Birnamwood, WI. He played trumpet in the Birnamwood High School Band, varsity German pep band and also the Wausau Symphony Orchestra. After he graduated from Birnamwood High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force for three years and was a sergeant to the 3535th Bomber Training Group Headquarters Squad in San Antonio, TX then transferred to Sacramento, CA. Charles attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for two years in commerce school. He then was employed in food sales with Libby Foods in Minneapolis, MN. Charles met his wife, Shirley Peterson at the bank in downtown Madison, later they were married at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison. They had two children Jeff and Roxanne.

Charles worked at the Pet Milk Company in New Glarus for eight years and settled into a home in New Glarus. He was then selected to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he became a licensed inspector and grader for dairy products. His work area was often in Wisconsin and Illinois but he also worked in plants throughout the central and eastern U.S. He then retired after thirty years of service with the USDA. Charles belonged to the Stuessy-Kuenzi American Legion Post #141 in New Glarus. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in New Glarus. The he had many medical trials later in life; he was a fighter and was able to live to 86 years of age.

Charles loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting small game and deer, with a special love for trout fishing. He also liked to pick all kinds of wild berries. He even sawed firewood by hand in his younger days. Charles enjoyed shopping around for good deals as he would like to go out for a drive checking out garage sales along the way. He kept his cars running in good condition, getting any mechanical problems fixed ASAP. He also loved to shoot and collect guns, and was a good marksman.

He is survived by his family: wife, Shirley Postler; sisters Violet Vaughn of Schofield, WI and Jeanne (Roger) Hanson of Waseca, MN; brothers Marvin Postler of Birnamwood, WI and Melvin (Julie) Postler of Ringle, WI, son Jeff (Rhonda) Postler of Webster, WI; daughter Roxanne (Chuck Talbot) Postler of Belleville, WI; grandsons Craig Busch, Brandon Busch, and Peter Postler; granddaughters Tania (Kevin) Leverton and Rachel Postler; great-granddaughters Brittney Tristen Leverton; great-grandson Braden Postler; with many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edna and Charles Sr., and his sister Peggy Doyle.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at the Swiss United Church of Christ, 18 Fifth Ave., New Glarus, WI with the Rev. William Wineke officiating with burial in the York Memorial Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home, 29 Sixth Ave., New Glarus, WI.
A memorial fund has been established.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at

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