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So generous in life, he continues to give.

Chuck RisserCharles Richard Risser was born a preacher’s son on April 10, 1942. In the 59 years that followed, he often put the interests of others well ahead of his own.

While he once pursued a career as ordained minister, his journey eventually took him in a different direction. But his faith was never in doubt – as reflected in the countless sermons he gave to congregations of rural Minnesota churches that couldn’t afford a full-time Pastor.

He was extremely generous with his time, his energy and his spirit. One constant throughout his life was involvement with many choral groups – including membership in the renowned Dale Warland Symphonic Chorus.

His active role in countless programs allowed him to touch an incalculable number of lives.

Additionally, he spent much of his time working with various community social services and church programs. After battling and beating his own alcohol abuse, he spent more than 25 years helping others kick their addictions, working with groups such as PNAODA, the Presbyterian Network on Alcohol and other Drug Abuse. His active role in countless programs allowed him to touch an incalculable number of lives.

It wasn’t until his death that the actual number of people he helped became most evident. The flood of those who came forward to mourn at his wake and funeral overwhelmed the church and home where the services were held.

Chuck Risser is survived by his loving wife, Maria; Karyn and John, daughter and son with his ex-wife, Betty; grandsons Scott, Sean, and Seth, who was born three weeks after his death.

He is also survived by the CR Fund – a lasting legacy to his incredibly generous life.

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