Charles Wilbur Califf

July 10, 1920April 13, 2013

Charles Wilbur Califf, aged 92, was reunited with his wife Aileen in heaven on April 13, 2013. He was also preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Carolynn, brother Bob, and sister Betty Gamble. Surviving are his son Randy (Carol) Califf; grandson Chris (Jesamin) Califf; step-grandchildren Brandon Kroupa, Deeka (Gavin) Tift, and great-granddaughter Alexis Kroupa. Charles and Aileen were 1939 graduates of Creston High. They married and Charles worked for Weber Showcase Co. before he began his career with General Motors. He enlisted in The United States Marine Corps. in 1942 and proudly served his country during WWII with the 6th Marine Division. He saw action throughout the Pacific including Guadalcanal, and Iwo Jima. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1945. He and Aileen enjoyed their cottage on Big Star Lake throughout the late 1960’s and mid to late 1970’s. They also enjoyed traveling regularly to New Mexico to visit Aileen’s sister Helen. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at North Park Presbyterian Church, 500 N Park Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan. You may greet his family for visitation one hour prior to the service from 10-11 am. Military Honors will follow under the auspices of The Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to North Park Presbyterian Church or Faith Hospice.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 27, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 27, 2013

Charles Wilbur Califf

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Ray and Nancy

April 25, 2013

Randy, Praying you feel the comfort that only our Lord can give as you say final good-byes to your earthy father.

April 23, 2013

I will miss your Dad at Bingo! He was a wonderful man. In fact, both of your parents were special. I am thankful to have known them. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace to fill the void. Kim Murphy

Larry & Jeneane Nash

April 20, 2013

Sorry we couldn't make the Memorial Service. Our thought & prayers are with you & family.


April 20, 2013

I Sincerely Offer My Condolence: Words seem insufficient at this dire time. Although nobody denies the certanty of death, we all need comfort in the reality of it. May you find real comfort and relief as you begin to gradually recover from the pain. Love from those around you will get you through the days ahead.

April 19, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We wish you comfort in the beautiful memories of your Dad who meant so much to you. Love, Jim and June

Deb Edwards

April 18, 2013

We all will miss Chuck here at Heron Manor.

April 17, 2013

Randy, sorry to hear of your loss. May the good memories replace your sadness. Pete Van Til

April 16, 2013


It was a pleasure knowing you dad for more than 20 years. He was a true gentleman. God's peace to you and your family.

Mike Painter

Bonnie and John Dubinskas

April 16, 2013

We're sorry to hear of your loss. May God give you peace.

Faith Clark

April 16, 2013

Prayers sent your way in this time of mourning. Love you both so much.