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Carl Fenton Challgren

August 11, 1940 ~ May 22, 2020 (age 79)


Carl Fenton Challgren Jr., 79, a long term resident of Plymouth, MN, a beloved Husband, Father, Bampa, and Great-Bampa passed away Friday, May, 22, 2020 while on a fishing trip in Platte, SD.

Carl was born on August 11, 1940 in St. Louis, MO, to Carl Fenton Challgren, Sr. and Betty (Daniel). During Carl’s childhood, his family spent their summers at his father’s birthplace in Colorado and also at their family’s ranch in Northern California. In high school, Carl, along with his parents and younger brother, Daniel, moved to Cleveland, OH where Carl’s homeroom teacher set up his first date with the love of his life, Kathie, his wife of almost 58 years. Carl attended the University of Colorado on a track scholarship and graduated in 1964 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering as well as a B.A. in Business Finance. He later went on to do graduate work at Union College. Carl began a 30 year career with GE in their management training program and he and Kathie raised their four sons in many states as his career progressed. After his time with GE, Carl became the President and CEO of Power Generation Services where he worked for several years before retiring in 2010. 

Carl enjoyed life. He and Kathie loved their time on Gull Lake at their cabin. He is a member of the Bush High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a college athlete. He raced canoes. He played semi-pro volleyball. He enjoyed the outdoors while camping, fishing, hunting, boating, golfing, and hiking. He coached his sons’ football and basketball teams.He was his grandchildren’s greatest fan in their many endeavors - football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming, rugby, track, and hockey. Carl was a member of the neighborhood Burly Men golf league. Carl served as a Deacon at Wayzata Community Church, was on the youth camp committee and helped with meals for the needy, church rummage sale, and golf outings. Carl found great joy in planning many travel adventures with Kathie and was a great history buff. Carl was a great friend to many and never met a stranger. 

Carl is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Matthews) Challgren, his sons, Fenton (Amy), Steven (Amy), Brian (Clarisse) and his grandchildren, Nicholas (Alyssa, son Jay), Benjamin, Jane, Abigail, Samuel, Catherine, Gabriella, Caroline, William, Carter, and Carter’s brother, Camron who will all greatly miss his humor, gentle manner, supportive nature and wonderful smile. Carl was immensely proud of his grandchildren. Carl is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Dan, and his beloved son, Justin.

A Family Memorial service will be held on Saturday June 6th at Wayzata Community Church. The family regrets that due to CV -19 we are restricted to just family in attendance.

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