Roger Charron
April 22, 1931--Nov. 15, 2001

Roger John Charron, 70, of Rice Lake died Nov. 15 at Lakeview Medical Center.

Mr. Charron was born April 22, 1931 to Roland and Avilda (Belland) Charron in Rice Lake. He attended Grades 1-8 at St. Joseph Catholic School in Rice Lake and graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1949. In the early 1950s, Mr. Charron was owner and operator of the Texaco Gas Station on South Main Street in Rice Lake. Chuck Hildebrandt became his business partner, and they moved to North Main Street and operated a gas station and repair business until 1956. Mr. Charron sold his share of the business to Mr. Hildebrandt, and in April 1957 went into partnership with Lloyd Kamrath of Rice Lake. They operated The Surplus Outlet Store and 5 years later they opened another store in Spooner. On Jan. 31, 1959 Mr. Charron married Mary Ann Votruba in Haugen. Mr. Charron and Mr. Kamrath remained partners until the early 1980s, when Mr. Kamrath took ownership of the store in Rice Lake, and Mr. Charron took ownership of the store in Spooner, which he operated until retiring at age 65. His sons, Bruce and Roger Jr., took over the business and renamed it Spooner Outlet. Mr. Charron was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Rice Lake and the Rice Lake Elks Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, traveling and camping and took great pride in his Christmas decorating.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; five sons, Burt of Glendale, Ariz., David and Dan of Las Vegas, Nev., Bruce of Rice Lake and Roger Jr. of Spooner; a daughter, Leslie Miles of Eagle River; eight grandchildren; a brother, Denny of LaHabra, Calif.; and a sister, Ann McWhite of Mound, Minn.