Charles Francis "Chuck" Bakken, 68, of Collinsville, Ill., born Aug. 20, 1944, in St. Paul, Minn., passed away at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Collinsville from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Chuck was raised in Pelican Rapids, Minn. He proudly served his country during Vietnam as flying crew chief on C124 Globe Master. After 34 years of service at Scott Air Force Base, he was retired air force reserves and civil service as dock chief from the 932nd Aero Med Maintenance Squadron. Most recently, he worked at Scott Air Force Base as an aircraft servicer. He was passionate about Catholic faith and was a dedicated member and volunteer at Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Maryville. He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid sports fan, especially supporting his home state of Minnesota. He was known as the man riding the Minnesota Vikings motorcycle. Chuck was there to help those in need, even those he did not know, always making new friends everywhere he went. He loved his family and friends and will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shelby Jean "Shelly", nee Trigg, Bakken, whom he married on Dec. 22, 1988, at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville, Ill., and who died June 1, 2012; his parents, Henry and Alice, nee Springer, Bakken; and his sister, Patricia Johnson.
Surviving are his son, Dan Bakken of Pittsburgh, Penn.; daughter and son-in-law, Charla and Steve Finn of Collinsville, Ill.; stepson and daughter-in-law, Monty Jones and Deidre Davenport of Weddington, N.C.; stepdaughter and her fiancee, Kym Jones and James Cowins of Ironton, Mo.; grandchildren, Miranda Foster, Melissa Smith, Matt Powell, Amanda McCallister and Perri Jones; great-grandchildren, Mercedes, Madelyn and Kendon; former wife, Virgina Bakken of Caseyville, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.
Memorials may be made to Fontebella Maternity Shelter, P.O. Box 137, O'Fallon, Ill., 62269, Folds of Honor Foundation, 5800 N. Patriot Drive, Owasso, Okla. 74055, or to Mother of Perpetual Help Church, 200 N. Lange Avenue, Maryville, Ill., 62062 and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon, Ill.
Funeral: A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville, Ill., with Father Steve Sotiroff as celebrant. A burial with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.
Glen Carbon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 6, 2012