PEORIA - Charles H. Kellogg of Peoria, Ill., died at 8:37 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at the age of 95.
He was born March 30, 1917, in Peoria, the son of Howard Day and Alma Heidrich Kellogg. He married Jacquelyn Swann Bean on Oct. 12, 1946, in Peoria.
She survives along with four children, Charles H. Kellogg Jr. (Lois), Carol (Robert Jr.) Cowan, Janice K. Stuckwisch and Stephen H. Kellogg (Lynne). Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Charles H. Kellogg IV (Brianne), Lisa Kulze (Eric), Jason Stuckwisch (Sarah), Jeanne Kobler (Justin), Scott Kellogg (Jaclyn), Jeffrey Kellogg (Erin) and Andrew Kellogg (Allison) and Robert Cowan III. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Madison and Brayden Kobler, Christian and Quinn Kellogg and Lucas Kellogg and Rylie Stuckwisch. Also, there is one nephew, Edward H. Kellogg, and two nieces, Katherine Dressel-Martin and Elizabeth (Betsy) Kellogg.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Edward H. (Beeb) Kellogg of Evanston and Howard D. Kellogg Jr. of Peoria.
He attended Peoria Public Schools and graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., in 1935 and from Yale University in 1939. Following graduation, he was employed in St. Louis before being called into the Army in April 1942. After basic training, he was assigned to the Army Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) in July of that year. He left for overseas in February 1943 for three years of uninterrupted CIC duty as a special agent and officer (CIC) in French Morocco, Italy and Austria. He returned to Peoria after the war and was employed at R.G. LeTourneau Inc. and Block & Kuhl Co. in personnel before spending 26 years prior to his retirement April 1, 1982, as vice president in charge of personnel of Commercial National Bank.
First and foremost, he was a devoted family man, but he made innumerable friends in every walk of life.
He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, which he served in many capacities. His civic activities included chairman of the Cancer Crusade, chairman of the Community Council (now part of United Way), vice chairman of the Mayor's Commission on Human Relations, president of Child and Family Service, president of Neighborhood House and board member of Family House.
He inherited a love of good sports, participating actively from grade school through college and for many years continued playing golf and tennis. He also attended regularly the many games in which his children and grandchildren were team members, the last being a Bradley soccer game at age 89.
His two highlights were serving as captain of his Yale basketball team in a game against Bradley's Famous Five at the old Armory in 1938 and the following summer being privileged to play golf in an exhibition foursome with the famous Byron Nelson in Traverse City, Mich. They exchanged letters shortly before Byron's death.
He was a 65-year member of the Country Club of Peoria and a past member of the Creve Coeur Club and Racquet Club.
He felt reasonably certain that at age 95 he was the longest suffering Cubs fan because, at his birth, his father had already been a fan for many years. Some of the first words he remembers are "Tinker to Evers to Chance," the great Cubs double-play combination in the early 1920s.
Cremation has been accorded. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at First Baptist Church, 411 W. Lake Ave. Visitation will be at 10 a.m.
Any memorial contributions in lieu of flowers are suggested for First Baptist Church or a local charity.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.thewiltonmortuary.com.