Charles D. Musfeldt Jr., M.D., lovingly known to his friends as "Dr. Chuck," went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 14, 2011. On March 13, he was involved in a serious car accident, sustaining internal injuries, and the Lord called him to his heavenly home early Monday morning.
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Dr. Chuck was born Jan. 12, 1955, in Chicago, Ill. As a child, their family doctor saved his father's life after his appendix ruptured. From that day, Dr. Chuck desired to become a family physician in order to help heal people.
He attended Conant High School where he played basketball, ran cross-country, and was in the National Honor Society, graduating in 1973. He then attended Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., where as a pre-med major he became a member of Sigma-Phi-Epsilon Fraternity and served as president of Green Key, a resident assistant in the dorms, and as aide to Dr. Norman P. Crawford for the St. Johns Dinner Club. Most importantly, Chuck met his soulmate and future "wiffy," Linda Stinnett.
Following his graduation with honors in 1977, Dr. Chuck attended Balliol College, Oxford University on a Rotary Fellowship in England where he earned a graduate degree in human biology. While at Oxford University, Chuck played basketball and earned his Blue when their team won the 1978 National Basketball Championship. He then returned to the United States where he attended medical school at the University of Florida.
After his first year of medical school, Chuck and Linda were joyfully united in Christ and in marriage on July 28, 1979. He graduated from medical school in 1982 and did his residency as a family physician at St. Vincent's Family Practice in Jacksonville. He thought this was his dream come true. However, it would not be long before he began to feel that his work in medicine was a temporary fix to a long-term need that was greater than medicine could fix.
In 1984 God brought Dr. Chuck and Linda their first daughter, Miranda Gail Musfeldt, and two years later their second daughter, Laura LaVonne Musfeldt. In 1986 he finished his residency program and practiced as a family physician in Jacksonville, Fla. During this time, the Musfeldts hosted two Finnish foreign exchange students through the organization Youth For Understanding.
While working fulltime as a family doctor, being a husband, a parent, and serving at his church, Chuck earned his MBA at Jacksonville University. In 1989 the Musfeldt family moved to Naperville, Ill., where Dr. Chuck worked as a medical health care consultant with Ernst and Young. After a few years, Dr. Chuck opened his own consulting firm helping hospitals, clinics, doctors and administrators develop more cost-effective ways to practice medicine. He realized through his work as a consultant the joy and satisfaction of having a beneficial impact on many people's lives.
It was in Chicago that Dr. Chuck started an amazing new adventure, accepting the invitation of a man at church to attend a Bible Study Fellowship class. Dr. Chuck served as a discussion leader in his BSF class. He loved gathering each week with 100-plus men to talk about their lessons, worship God and learn about the Bible passage from the teaching leader. Through BSF, he learned to read his Bible daily instead of doing his lesson at the last minute in the parking lot before class by the dome light of his car.
He also learned to pray with and for others, and that work was not his "be all and end all." He learned the importance of teaching children from God's Word and how to do that himself with his own children rather than expecting that from others. Eventually, he became the teaching leader of the Oakbrook Evening Men's Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class and watched God grow the class from 150 to 450 men in five years as they were being challenged and changed by the regular study and application of God's Word.
Dr. Chuck invited every man he knew to the BSF class. One night he invited a man from church who was one of the leaders of the high school youth group. The man said, "Yes, I will go if you will become a high school leader." Dr. Chuck accepted and began working with the freshman boys, continuing through their senior year.
He greatly impacted both high school boys and girls, developing lifelong friendships with them, watching with satisfaction as these students developed their own personal faith and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He found great joy as he witnessed living faith replace the loneliness, despair and hopelessness in many of their lives. This was a change and "cure" that medicine could not give. It was during this time that Dr. Chuck was asked to accept a new position in San Antonio, Texas, at the headquarters of BSF as director of international operations.
In June 2004, the Musfeldts relocated to San Antonio where Dr. Chuck worked with more than 130 BSF classes outside of North America. He and his wife, Linda, traveled to cities around the world to encourage the international BSF classes and to pray with people interested in developing new BSF classes. Having always been a people person and making friends wherever he went, Dr. Chuck died, fulfilling his dream of helping and healing people, not through medicine as he once expected but through the power of God's Word changing one life at a time … for eternity.
Dr. Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Charles and his mother, Ann.
He is survived by his cherished helpmate and best friend, Linda; his beautiful daughters, Miranda and Laura (Caleb Walker); his beloved granddaughter and playmate, Dakota; his brother Gene (Linda) White; and countless friends and family around the world.
Memorials may be sent to Bible Study Fellowship International; Joni and Friends; and First Baptist Church on McCullough Avenue in San Antonio, Texas.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Mar. 18 to Mar. 20, 2011