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Charles Jako Jr.

February 1, 1923 - February 23, 2021

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date March 2, 2021

A service to celebrate his life will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, beginning at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Ron Hansen officiating. The family will greet guest at the funeral home one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment with military honors will follow at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan, c/o the funeral home.

Age 98, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at home with his family at his bedside. He was born in Kalamazoo on February 1, 1923, the son of the late Charles Sr. and Margit (Sabo) Jako. After graduating high school, he enlisted and served as a gunner’s mate in the US Navy from 1941 to 1945. After being honorably discharged he returned to make Portage his home. He was a gifted carpenter and skilled woodsmith. He retired from Miller Davis in 1984 as a project supervisor. He was a member of the Carpenters Union for over 50 years where he made many friends. After retiring, Charles continued to work as a carpenter until 2011. When not working Charles was an avid gardener, fisherman and a passionate hunter. He enjoyed hunting and fishing trips throughout the US, Canada, the Artic Circle and Africa. Charles great sense of humor, kind smile and great personality will be missed by all who loved him. He leaves behind the legacy of a life well lived. He is survived by a daughter, Shirley Bishop; five grandchildren, Tammy (William) McClure, Tim (Sherry) Clear, Linda Bailey, Heather and Marcus Bishop; ten great-grandchildren; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He was also preceded in passing by his wife Ruth O. Jako; a daughter, LouAnn Cullum; infant son, Bruce Charles; four brothers and one sister.