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George John Charbeneau IV

February 15, 1968 October 5, 2019
George John Charbeneau IV
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Beloved husband of Kathy.

Loving father of Grace and Brandon.

Cherished son of George & Shirley Charbeneau.

Dear brother of Robert (Amanda) Charbeneau and uncle of Eamon & Kyle.

Dear brother in law of Susan & Robyn Cavender.

Beloved son in law of Edgar (the late Betty) Streten.

Dear nephew of Joyce & Pat Woldanski.

George will also be missed by his treasured cousins and everyone who knew and loved him.

Special Friends:

Jon, Jen, Ed, Kelle, Andrea, Kurt, John, Evan, Jarel, Adam, Rachel, Pat & Richard and Denise Taschereau.

Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p..m. at the Edward Korkoian Funeral Home Spiller-Spitler Chapel.

Georges celebration of life will be Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Birmingham 300 Willits, Birmingham, MI 48009 (248).644-0550.

In lieu of flower memorial donations are to Michigan Humane Society ( or Boy Scouts of America Great Lakes Council.

George John Charbeneau, IV, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019, after a brief, intense, and courageous battle with mantle cell lymphoma, an extremely aggressive cancer. He is survived by his wife, Katherine (Streten), his daughter Grace Elizabeth, and his son Brandon John. His parents, George Sr. and Shirley Charbeneau, his brother Robert and sister-in-law Amanda, his nephews Eamon and Kyle, his sister-in-law Susan Cavender and Robyn, uncle Patrick and aunt Joyce Woldanski, and father-in-law Edgar Streten and his wife, the late Betty, loved him beyond measure. He will be forever remembered by his many cousins and countless friends, including special friends Jon Logan, Jen Guthrie, Evan Fedeson, Pat and Bev Woldanski, Adam and Rachel Woldanski, Ed and Kelle Orlowski, Andrea Grimes and Eric, Kurt Zdanio and Bev, Anne Garbus, John Miller, Marie and Todd Watson, Tomak Baksik, Ted Sobek, Tim Selewski, Johann and Kathereen Cain, Dave and Lisa Taylor, and Julie Sturgeon.

George worked for the past 20 years at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan, as the Wood Shop Manager, and later as the Build Lab Supervisor as the University and College of Architecture and Design evolved and expanded. His great love was the students and their projects, always bringing new life and ideas into the shop,; being able to mentor and assist brought him immense joy.

His passions were many, and none were diluted in any way by the others, he approached them all with the same zeal, although Halloween was probably the most loved. Music - he taught himself to play the upright bass in their band "Graveside Manner," or in the Misfits tribute band, singing along and even occasionally on stage with the Misfits, going to shows, and dancing to rockabilly music into the morning hours. Brewing and beer appreciation - one of his proudest moments was becoming a member of the Chalice club at the Royal Oak Brewery where his natural and infectious convivial spirit intoxicated all around him. Classic cars - one of his first loves was a silver-blue 1963 Chevy Bel Aire, and there are too many to count after that, until the 1929 Model A and the 1950 Ford that were his last loves. Motorcycles - George was always reinventing everything, including himself, he would say the same thing, "It's perfect! I'm going to change the rims and tires, the fenders, the gas tank, the forks, the bars, and the seat!" and motorcycles allowed him to be his most flexible in his crazy love of continuous improvement. All things Tiki - bitten by the exotic bug at a Chin Tiki garage sale, his love of the mugs, scorpion bowls, idols and zombies inspired a collection like none other. The highlight of every summer was the Tiki party and the zombies, oh, those killer, sneaky zombies. He was at his best hosting and laughing and his conversation flowed as easily as the drinks he poured for everyone. B-grade Horror movies were the best, and he was a huge fan of the Universal monsters, to the point of having Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the mummy, and the wolfman tattooed on his back.Acting in the Sir Graveson Show was icing on the cake. Halloween and haunting were part of everything George did: consulting and building Scaregrounds at the Fairgrounds, working at Hundred Acres Manor, his masterpiece Dark Legacy, Realm of Darkness, Exit 13, and Terrorfied Forest. As an actor, he was the scariest and yet most careful, conscientious, and thoughtful person behind the mask. Halloween parties were life, Motor City Haunt Club and Great Lakes Frightfest, Haunt Con and Transworld, were all fuel for the unquenchable fire.

He loved camping, rock climbing, ice hockey, roller hockey, downhill skiing, snowboarding, BMX biking, his great labor of love: the Airstream trailer and the little slice of heaven in Evart, Michigan; and the medieval re-enactment group, the Society for Creative Anachronism, House Ironwolf, House Darkyard, and Shadowclans.

He will be missed by more than many, loved and remembered fondly, and continue to be an inspiration to all. Rest easy, George Charbeneau.


We have hiked along life's pathway,
Our packs upon our backs,
We have pitched our tents and rested
Here and there along the tracks.
We have used our compass wisely
To guide us on our way
And hope to reach the campsite
Of our Great Chief Scout some day.
We have tried to be trustworthy -
Kept our honor high and clean,
We have been as loyal as any
To our Country and our God.
We have done our best at all times -
Kept our Promise - been prepared,
And hope our good deeds please Him
When at last our souls are bared.
We have lightened others' burdens,
With our smiles along the way,
We have kept our hand in God's hand,
Walked beside Him day by day.
And when our span of life runs out,
We'll make this gentle plea -
May we sit around His Campfire
At the Final Jamboree.

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1:00 PM 10/11/2019 1:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/11/2019 8:00:00 PM
Edward Korkoian Funeral Home

836 North Main Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067

Edward Korkoian Funeral Home
836 North Main Street Royal Oak 48067 MI
United States





10:00 AM 10/12/2019 10:00:00 AM - 8:00 PM 10/12/2019 8:00:00 PM
Edward Korkoian Funeral Home

836 North Main Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067

Edward Korkoian Funeral Home
836 North Main Street Royal Oak 48067 MI
United States





3:00 PM 10/13/2019 3:00:00 PM - 3:30 PM 10/13/2019 3:30:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Birmingham

300 Willits Street
Birmingham, MI 48009

First Baptist Church of Birmingham
300 Willits Street Birmingham 48009 MI
United States

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