Charles Atwood | Obituaries | Mankato Free Press

Charles Gould Atwood, 87, of Port Charlotte, Fla., Died on Monday, December 27, 2021 at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte. Charles was born October 15, 1934 in Mankato, Minnesota, to the late Fredrick and Marjorie (Gould) Atwood. Charles moved to Port Charlotte in 1981 from Mankato, Minnesota.

As a successful real estate developer, entrepreneur and community leader, Charles’ impact in the Grand Mankato area and throughout the Midwest is a testament to his persistence today. Through his passion for people and his business genius, he led the Atwood companies for over 60 years. He was a municipal councilor and mayor of Mankato. He was the second generation of the family businesses founded by his father in 1934. His son, Thomas Atwood, provided exceptional leadership in the Atwood businesses until his death in 2013. The Atwood businesses are now fourth generation businesses.

Charles loved to be on the water and spent his retirement years as a dedicated sailor. He was a long-time member of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club and was the Commodore in 1990. He and his wife Ann were avid travelers and have seen the whole of the United States and 7 continents.

Charles is survived by his loving family: his wife, Ann Atwood of Port Charlotte; two daughters, Peggy (Atwood) (Jon) Hellerstein of Charlotte, NC and Linda Atwood of Minneapolis, MN; one sister, Elizabeth Forsberg of Sun City, AZ; 10 grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew, Bryan and Michael Atwood, Peter, Theresa, Michael and Ben Graif, and Jessica and Julie (Smigel) Hellerstein; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary (Berens) Atwood, and his son, Thomas Atwood.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Mankato, Minnesota. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Friends can visit online at to express their condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.

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