Charles Yale Pfoutz

Charles Yale Pfoutz

  • Funeral Date: 2/20/15
  • Funeral Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Date of Birth: 5/30/24
  • Date of Death: 2/14/15
  • Funeral Location: All Saints Episcopal Church, Northfield

Yale Pfoutz passed away peacefully, with family by his side, on Saturday, February 14th, 2015, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield. He was 90 years old. His funeral service will take place at All Saints Episcopal Church in Northfield on Friday, February 20th at 3:00 with visitation at 2:00 and a reception following at the church.

Charles Yale Pfoutz was born on May 30, 1924 in Sewell, Chile, in the Andes, to Charles and Elizabeth (Hayden) Pfoutz. Villagers climbed 147 stairs to see the “bebe con pelo blanco” (baby with white hair). Yale grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, where he followed Dizzy Dean and the St. Louis Cardinals while attending high school. He went on to receive his BS in Social Science in 1949 from Washington University in St. Louis after a leave to serve in the US Army on Okinawa.

On June 10, 1948, Yale married Dorothy McCall at Christ Church in Riverdale, New York. He returned to Okinawa with his wife and son, Terry, in 1951 as an army captain. His love for the people and culture of Japan turned out to be profound and abiding.

In 1952 the family moved to Peru, Illinois, where Yale worked for Westclox. On the last day of 1959, the family car pulled up to Carleton College, where Yale worked as treasurer, personnel director and business manager until his retirement in 1994. Yale knew the names of all the trees in his yard, and saved the life of a number of Northfield’s elms. His well-organized tools in the basement were effective antiques, except for the ones he used to tweak his hi-fi. (His sons fell asleep to Mozart blasting below them.) He taught himself to read Japanese, wrote about Japan, and stood and contemplated the oriental rugs under his feet and the growing collection of Japanese wood block prints around him. Yale had a sweet sprightliness about him, an elfin twinkle that overlay a highly refined aesthetic sense. He walked slowly, due in part to a chronic back ailment, but his stride conveyed a measured, elegant pace that was calming. And nothing surpassed the care he felt for his family and the people around him.

Yale is survived by his sons Terry of Northfield, Robin (Arianne) of Montague, Massachusetts, Tom of Sedona, Arizona, and by his granddaughter, Emily of Middletown, CT. He was preceded in death by his parents, by his brother Robert and by his wife, Dorothy. Memorials to All Saints Church or a charity of your choosing.

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