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Charles Edward Spoering

February 21, 1951 - July 18, 2021



Charles Edward Spoering of Pleasant Lake passed away Sunday morning, July 18, 2021 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was 70. Charlie was born on February 21, 1951 in Lansing to Alvin & Elinore (Lyle) Spoering, both of whom preceded him in death.

Charlie attended Central Michigan University where he received his Bachelor’s degree. He had been employed by the FDIC for 28 years and retired in 2005 as a Senior Bank Examiner.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren and traveling. He also enjoyed golfing, being on the lake in his pontoon and relaxing on the deck watching the lake. He enjoyed his friends and liked to have fun. After retirement, he spent winters in Florida where he enjoyed the weather and extended golf season.

On April 8, 1999 in Cadillac he married Kathleen A. (Thiede) Anderson. She survives him along with children: Jeffrey (Sauntheri) Spoering of San Francisco, Nicole Spoering of Cadillac, Kyle and Erin Anderson both of Rapid City; grandchildren: Emily Spoering, Audrey (Zachary) Slevoski, Andrew and Zachary Barger, Naesa Spoering, and Madelyn Stedman; two brothers: John (Hilda) Spoering of Holland, Michigan and Tom (Jane Anne) Spoering of Calgary, Alberta; two sisters-in-law: Sandra Thiede of North Carolina and Nancy (Richard) Stewart of Commerce, Michigan.

In addition to his parents Charlie was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Bailey.

Charlie was a loving husband and devoted and supportive father and grandfather. He spoke the truth, but was quick with a “Charlie Witticism.” He had an extremely caring heart and will be deeply missed.

A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to CMU Public Broadcasting Station. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Nancy Stewart - Jul 20th, 2021 11:25 am

    "Charlie, you were a very compassionate and caring man. You will be deeply missed by ourselves and many others. ❤️"

  • Losinger Family - Jul 21st, 2021 8:33 am

    "Charlie was a breath of fresh air! He kept you on your toes & never let anything slide. He was a valued friend and an important part of our "Pleant Lake" family. Growing up he gave me advice (wanted or not lol) that always made me feel like he cared. Thank you Charlie for wonderful memories and much laughter! You will be missed! Much love & many hugs to Kathy ❤🙏❤"

  • Eric Walbeck - Jul 22nd, 2021 5:52 pm

    "Charlie was a great guy with a quick wit. He will be missed. My sympathies to his family. "

  • Al Clark - Jul 22nd, 2021 6:02 pm

    "Worked with Charlie in Grand Rapids; he will be missed."

  • Chuck Christmas - Jul 23rd, 2021 6:01 am

    "I had the pleasure of working with Charlie for many years at the FDIC. He was not only a colleague during that time, but was a mentor who was always willing to share his knowledge and experience. And yes, he was always willing to share his wit as well. A huge heart. My prayers and thoughts are with Kathy and family."

  • Rick Malone - Jul 26th, 2021 10:51 am

    "I met Charlie 3 years ago when I started playing golf with the Rock Crusher group. I always enjoyed playing with him because he was fun to be with and was always upbeat! I will miss him, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family for their loss."

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