Charlie earned his Doctorate in Immunology from the University of Chicago and went on to research macrophage biology at the University of Minnesota. His discoveries will continue to enhance the understanding of cancer and disease. His passions were playing basketball, fishing, driving, gardening, water-skiing and spending time at his family’s lake home in the Adirondack Mountains (The Camp). Storyteller, researcher, writer, father and friend, he truly was larger than life and will be remembered by everyone who met him.
He is preceded in death by parents, Robert and Audrey.
Survived by daughter, Audrey (Brad) Kopp; son, Charlie Ray; brothers, Curtis (Linda) and Doug (Meg); former wife, Sylvia; cousins, nieces, nephew and many friends.
Celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 9, 2017 at Elim Lutheran Church, 20971 Olinda Trail N, Scandia. Family and friends will gather from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.mattsonfuneralhome.com. Cards and memorials may be directed to Mattson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 343 N. Shore Drive, Forest Lake, MN 55025.