PEORIA - Charles "Chuck" Edward Heidewald, 83, of Peoria, Ill., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Liberty Village of Peoria's Manor Care, with his family by his side.
He was born Aug. 12, 1930, in Peoria to William and Lois (Charvat) Heidewald. He married Nancy Lee VanBruwaene at Saint Mary's Cathedral on July 30, 1955. She survives and resides at Liberty Village, Hawthorn Inn.
Also surviving are their five children, Catherine Edmundson (Rob) of Dunlap, Claire Putman (Dennis, deceased) of Germantown Hills, Christine (Dennis) Sluder of Gilbert, Ariz., Paul Charles (Deborah) Heidewald of Morton, and Charlene (Keith) Wagner of Princeville; 14 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two siblings, Carol Anderson of Fairview Heights, Ill., and John Heidewald of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by six sisters, Betty Waldschmidt, Marjorie Watson, Lois Reese, Jane Pritchard, Nancy Duetsch and Sister Mary Carol.
Chuck grew up in West Peoria, where he attended Saint Mark Catholic Church and Grade School. He graduated from Spalding Institute in 1949, where he excelled in all types of sports. He completed four years of service in the Korean War with the U.S. Navy, where he graduated from the U.S. Navy School of Electronics.
Chuck retired from CILCO (Ameren) after 36 years of service in the Electric Meter Department.
Chuck and Nancy were active in the Catholic Church, where they volunteered in Pre-Cana and as foster parents, raising several foster children along with their own.
Chuck was a warm, caring, loving husband and father whose greatest pleasure was spending time with his family. Chuck also loved to read, enjoying the works of Depression Era authors.
In respect of Chuck's wishes, cremation will be ordered. In lieu of services, family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life at WeaverRidge on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Memorials may be made to
, the National Parkinson Foundation, the
or the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at csmico.com.