Charles Ofsthun 1932-2023

Hall of Famer Charles Ofsthun passed away on March 3, 2023. He was 91 years old. Ofsthun was a three-time state champion for Robbinsdale High School and an NCAA finalist for the University of Minnesota. He was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012.

Charles Ofsthun Obituary:

Charles Lynn Ofsthun, 91, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., passed away on March 3, 2023. He was born to Eugene and Verdell Ofsthun of Crystal, Minn., on Jan. 11, 1932.

He was a championship wrestler for Robbinsdale High School and the University of Minnesota. He was inducted into the High School Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and also named to the Minnesota “All Time High School Dream Team (1937-1997).” He was picked from 60 years’ worth of wrestlers to represent his weight class. At the University of Minnesota, he competed for a national championship. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army in Verdun, France, for two years.

He dedicated his life to helping children, and his chosen career was in education as a math teacher and counselor at Columbia Heights School District in Minnesota. Following his retirement to Arizona, he continued to be an active golfer. His sense of humor and calm presence brought joy to everyone who knew him. He is predeceased by his parents and brother, Neil. He is survived by his wife, Carol; his sons Pierre, Guy Jayme, and Todd, daughter Carly, and their spouses; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

His celebration of life will be held at Eagle Mountain Golf Course on Saturday, March 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. Please wear bright clothes, which he loved. Donations, if desired, can be made to Columbia Heights High School College Scholarship Program. RSVP Carol if you can join us.

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