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Charles Gregory Portell

April 13, 1952 September 11, 2019
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Portell, Charles G. “CHARLIE” 4/13/52 - 9/11/19, Kent City Age 67, passed away on September 11, 2019 after a short diagnosis of cancer. Charlie was born in Fremont and raised in Grant. He worked at S. D. Warren Co. (papermill) in Muskegon for 24 years, then as a plumber for NWK Mechanical in Cedar Springs until his retirement. Charlie was involved in community events and was a volunteer firefighter. For several years he has been the Sons of the Kent City American Legion Post 123 Adjutant. He enjoyed life ~ in his younger years spending time with the Kelly boys at their cottage at Sand Lake. Later on, racing snowmobiles, racing standardbred horses, camping and enjoying time at the Craig's cabin in Bitely and Hanna Camp in Crystal Falls. Reading newspapers, history books, documentaries of WWI and WWII, MASH, baseball and hockey were his daily pastimes as well as coffee at Cooper's Greenhouse, conversation at The Meat Shack and chewing the fat with his friend Tim Hanna. Charlie was a man of family responsibility. Charlie is survived by his wife, Mary of 46 years, his sons Kyle (Jamie) and Joe (Jen); grandchildren Keegan, Jack, Adrianna and Briar; brothers Richard (Diana) and Harold (Lisa); in-laws Steve and Ruthann Stream, Jack and Margaret Hoffman, many nieces and nephews. Family that preceded him were his parents, Eddie & Maxine; in-laws Pete and Ruth Cavanaugh, Paul and Mary Cavanaugh, Riley and Pam Cavanaugh and niece Tracy Stream. The family would like to thank our friends and family for your support and help during Charlie's last few weeks with us and the good care of Faith Hospice. Per his wishes, a gathering/luncheon will be held at the Kent City American Legion, 14111 Ball Creek Road, Kent city @ 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th. A short remembrance will be given at that time. Memorial contributions: Kent City Fire Dept, P.O. Box 262, Kent City MI 49330; American Diabetes Association, Attn: Nicole Matti, 20700 Civic Center Dr., Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076 or the SAL Post 123 American Legion, PO Box 32, Kent City MI 49330. As Charlie would say: "Little Do a Little Good, A LOT Do a Lotta Good."

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Memorial Gathering




4:00 PM 10/5/2019 4:00:00 PM
American Legion Post #123

14111 Ball Creek Road
Kent City, MI 49330

American Legion Post #123
14111 Ball Creek Road Kent City 49330 MI
United States

Cemetery Details


Ashland Center Cemetery Final Resting Place

West 120th Street
Grant, MI 49327

West 120th Street Grant 49327 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Kent City Fire Department

218 W Muskegon St
Kent City, MI 49330

SAL American Legion Post 123

PO Box 32
Kent City, mi 49330

American Diabetes Association


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