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James "Box" Randall Charlson

June 10, 1956 — February 4, 2020

James "Box" Randall Charlson, 63, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at home, surrounded by family.

Randy was born on June 10, 1956 in Valparaiso, IN, to James and Joan (Smith) Charlson.

On January 28, 1983 in Lake Station, he married Laura Larson who survives.  Also surviving are his children, Karley Herbst and Zakary Charlson, both of La Porte; son-in-law, Phillip Knapp of La Porte; 4 granddaughters, Madilynn, Alayna, Macy, and Peyton; siblings, Michael Charlson of California, Janie Steffen of Beavercreek, OH, and Wendy (Bob) Howard of Stafford, VA; in-laws, Ray and Dee Larson of Hobart; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and brother-in-law, Randy Steffen of Xenia, OH.

Randy was a Union Carpenter for over 20 years at Local #1485.  He loved his "Cubbies" and tolerated "Da Bears"!  Papa lived everyday for his granddaughters.  He was an amazing cook, a loving husband, father, Papa and brother.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Gathering will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the DAV, 2301 Ohio St., Michigan City.  Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family c/o Laura Charlson, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN 46350.

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