Charles “Chuck” Maynard, 86, of Battle LakePublished 9:42am Friday, March 1, 2013 Updated 11:43am Friday, March 1, 2013
Charles Burton Maynard was born on Nov. 7, 1926, in Phelps, Ky., the son of John Wayne and Kentucky May (Charles) Maynard.
In 1942, he entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 15, and served during World War II in the European Theatre. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 12, 1946 at the age of 19.
Chuck and Bernice Ratliff were married on April 4, 1946 in Kentucky. They were the parents of four children, Charlie, Doug, Greg, and Janelle.
They resided for eight years in Elyria, Ohio, where Chuck worked for General Motors on the assembly line, then moved to Indiana where he worked for the G.P.F. Manufacturing Co. for several years.
In 1954, at age 28, a friend invited him on a Wednesday night to a Baptist Church where the guest speaker kept asking Chuck questions about his spiritual life.
When Chuck told him he wanted the real thing, the man led him in prayer to receive Jesus which changed his life forever. In 1957, they moved to St. Paul, where he was employed with Lindsay Water Softener. Bernice passed away in 1971.
In 1974, Chuck and Dorothy Bergsten were married in St. Paul. They were the parents of one son, David. In 1978, they moved to Dallas, Texas, to attend the Christ For The Nations Bible School to obtain a degree in theology.
Chuck worked 10 years for Optic Electronics, manufacturing night vision equipment for the military. In 1988, Chuck and Dorothy moved to Battle Lake. Dorothy passed away in 2005.
Chuck ministered in more than 170 prisons with Champions For Life throughout the United States, the largest being 15,000 prisoners in the Cook County Jail in Chicago.
He led well over 1,000 prisoners to Christ. God always supplied Chuck’s needs. Chuck also ministered in Costa Rica, Grenada and South Africa.
Chuck would leave his legacy to his family and friends: “I’m just a nobody trying to tell everybody about a somebody who will get them to heaven.”
Chuck enjoyed fishing, old cars, Bible study, prison ministry, playing guitar and singing, doing one-arm push-ups and auction sales.
Chuck is survived by four children, Charlie (Linda) of South Carolina, Greg (Gail) of Battle Lake, Janelle and David (Sarah), all of Texas; grandchildren, Michelle, Phillip, Jeff, Tracey, John, Melissa, Andrew, Sasha, Jessica, Allyson, Kelly and Ashlee; two great-grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; and numerous relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Bernice and Dorothy; one son, Doug in 1991; one grandson, Brett; and six brothers and sisters.
Visitation: Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Bert Holmquist followed by military honors provided by Paul Putnam American Legion Post 289 of Battle Lake.
Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, White Bear Lake
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Battle Lake.