Charles Edward Reifsnyder

  Age 85, of Lansing, MI, passed away on August 27, 2013.  He was born in Lansing on May 28, 1928.  He was a 1947 graduate of J. W. Sexton High School, a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, a graduate of the FBI Academy, earning a BA Degree from Northwood Institute.  He was a member of the City of Lansing Police Dept. for 40 years, retiring as its Chief in 1991.  He was a member of the Michigan and International Association of Police Chiefs; a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Lansing, and a member of the Old Newsboy’s Association.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Emiline; 2 daughters, Rita (David) Wieber of DeWitt and Renee (Erik) Denslow of Spring Lake; 7 grandchildren, Lindsay (Elliot) Rudert, Ryan, Jordyn and Kyra Wieber, Maya, Anna and Eli Denslow; sister, Nancy (Bill) Fluke; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Dorff.

The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 at St. Mary Cathedral, 219 Seymour Ave., Lansing, with The Rev. Msgr. Bernard Reilly as Celebrant.  The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  Lansing Police Historical Preservation Association; Lansing Kiwanis Club Endowment Fund; Lansing Catholic High School; or Bluebird Cancer Retreats.

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Chris Goyt
August 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm

My deepest condolence to you Mrs. Reifsnyder and to Rita and Renee. I have many fond memories of your husband/father and although I wasn’t personally in touch I did follow your family by my family. Growing up I always had a sence of security knowing your father was a police officer. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Jennifer McManus
August 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I made grape leaves today in honor of Chuck! Our thoughts are with the entire family. He has a beautiful family and will look down on them proudly. Sixty two years of marriage is something to be very proud of. Hugs to all of you.

Nizar & Catherine Bechara
August 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Dear Emiline, Rita & Renee,

Very saddened by the death of Chuck. You are in our thoughts and
our prayers.
Chuck was such a kind person who will be greatly missed by all who
knew him. Chuck has passed on to a better place now.
May God Bless you all during this time of sorrow.
Please accept our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies

Dan Purtill
August 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

So sorry to hear of Chucks passing. He asked my dad for a letter of recommendation to join the PD back in the 50’s. He never forgot that and arrainged for a police escort for my dads funeral. If I remember right he road motorcycle and came into my dads grocery store at Barnes and Logan. God bless him and his family and friends.

Mark Peck
August 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

I’ve known Chuck almost 20 years. He could always make me laugh with some comment about UM v. MSU or Lansing politics or how bad the Democrats were screwing up the country! He cared deeply for Em and nothing brought him joy like his grandchildren. We will miss him.

Marie & Tim Konieczny
August 29, 2013 at 10:27 am


We were so sorry to read about Chuck’s passing. We are out of town or we would be there to offer you our support and to pray with you. Our condolences to you, Rita and Renee, and your whole family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Tim and Marie

Michael G Haddad
August 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Uncle Chuck will be missed. All are sorry for the loss.

Heneineh&Elias Hajje
August 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Dear Emiline,Rita &Renee
We are very sorry for your loss. But may happy memories of Chuck comfort you now. We hope that you can find strength and comfort in the love of your family . Such a wonderful person will never be forgotten. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Chuck.

Richard Johns
August 29, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I am very sorry to learn of Chuck’s passing. My family and I offer our deepest condolences.

Greg, Colleen, Nick and Virginia Ellis
August 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in Michigan. Uncle Chuck will be missed. I wish we could be there at this time. Heaven will be a greater place with uncle Chuck and Dad keeping things under control.

All of our love is with the entire family.

Al & Liz Henry
August 30, 2013 at 7:46 am

We were so sorry to hear about your Dad Rita. Our deepest sympathy to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. I know you have so many stories and memories that will be in your hearts forever. A truly great father and grandfather! Love Al, Liz, Adam, Melissa, and Jessica.

COL Howard Becker
August 30, 2013 at 8:53 am

May God Grace the Family with Great Memories to give them comfort at this time of loss as we shall miss The Chief.

Love and Prayers Howard and Colleen Becker

Stephen Chubb
August 30, 2013 at 9:37 am

All of Chuck’s friends at the Central Michigan Law Enforcement Association will miss his smiling face and friendship. Thanks for all of the years of devoted membership.

Annette Snyder
August 31, 2013 at 11:33 am

So sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. Prayers for you and your family.

Daniel Isaac
September 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

I hope to see you at that final Roll Call in heaven,Chief. I will never forget working for you.


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