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Charles Edward Taskerud

The Dickey County Leader of Ellendale, North Dakota

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February 16, 1940 — October 20, 2015

Charles Edward Taskerud, 75, of Mahomet, died Tuesday, October 20th, with his loved ones by his side.

"Charlie" was born to the late Lyle and Delilah Taskerud on February 16, 1940, in the farm lands of Leola, South Dakota. Charles graduated from Frederick High School and received a B.S. from Ellendale State Teachers College in Ellendale, ND. He later obtained his masters degree at Illinois State University.

Charlie married Sandra K. Volz in 1963 and they established their first home in Minot, ND.

Charlie put his passions for helping people into action as an educator at Minot High School.

Later the family relocated to Illinois where Charlie worked with the School for the Visually Handicapped in Aberdeen, SD. His compassion for special needs children continued. At least twenty-five years of his life was spent working for the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Charlie was known as a master tinkerer. He was always in his garage or driveway taking things apart. Charlie specialized in repairing and repurpos-ing what most people would toss aside. With his unending movement, one would think his body was made with ball bearings for joints and bolts & wire in place of bones & cartilage. Charlie took fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look was a plain-pocketed T-shirt designed by the fashion house, Fruit of the Loom paired with a grungy pair of jeans. This ensemble would typically be complimented by an oil-stained freebie base-ball cap.

Charlie was always sincere and modest about making a difference. His sincere humanitarian contributions were conducted with a laugh, a wink and a smile that won't be forgotten. Though he never sought credit, his many awards included being recognized for civic contributions, charities, church and professionally he was awarded Public Health Worker of the Year He implemented a wrestling weight management program in the state of Illinois and worked with the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program for the state. He received other awards including recognition from the Illinois Department of Human Services Diabetes Control Program, Vision Program, and Vision and Hearing Program. Charlie was most proud of receiving the Ronald Bennehoff Memorial Vision Award, given in honor of his friend, and co-worker. He was also recognized as the Village of Mahomet's "Citizen of the Year." Charlie was an active member of New Horizon Methodist Church in Mahomet.

Charlie is survived by his wife Sandra, three sons: Todd (Lisa), Grant (Miki) and Tyler (Jeanne). Six grandchildren: Charles (Chase), Tanner, Alexis (Lexi), Charlisia (Charli), Graeme and Gretchen. Brother: Palmer (Yolonda) and Gene (Becky), Sisters: Maxine (Dennis) Kinslow, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters Margaret and Marcia "Pinky".

The family is requesting that memorials be made to The School for the Visually Impaired, 423 17th Ave. SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401, or Restoration Urban Ministries, 1213 Parkland Ct, Champaign, Il 61821 or other charities of your choice.

Funeral services were held October 24th at New Horizon United Methodist Church, Champaign, IL. Celebration of life followed along with a lunch and fellowship with family and friends at the church.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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