APPLETON, WIS. - Charles E. Groat, "Charlie", age 77, of Appleton Wisconsin, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Friday, March 22, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He was born November 24, 1935 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to the late Harry and Margaret (Thode) Groat. After graduating High School he entered the U.S. Air Force. He returned and graduated from the University of Iowa and went on to work for the WI Dept. of Revenue in Madison, WI. There Charlie met and married Kathleen Loftus on March 25, 1966. His second career was working with the youth as a school bus driver for Lamers and Kobussen and a driving instructor with Driver's Education for the Fox Cities. Charlie was a proud member of the Democratic Party and was an avid fan of the Packers, Badgers and Iowa Hawkeyes.