CHARLES L. "CHUCK" ATKISON
1941 - 2020
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Charles L. "Chuck" Atkison, age 79, passed away on Monday morning, November 16th, 2020 at Highland Oaks Apostolic Christian nursing home in Elgin. He was born in Greencastle, Indiana on March 8, 1941 and was the son of the late Fredrick and Ruby (Hendrix) Atkison. He attended Waveland High School in Greencastle until his senior year when he moved to Effingham, Illinois. As a senior at Effingham High School, Chuck played basketball, football, baseball, and ran track. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in education and was hired as a 6th grade teacher in School District 15 in Palatine. After only teaching for one year, he began his career as a principal for the next 28 years. He earned a Master's Degree from Northern Illinois University in administration. During the summers, he worked hard as a house painter. He retired from District 15 as the Transportation Director in 1998. Chuck loved to fish and fillet his catch in his spare time for his family to eat. He loved bird watching, even when driving, often pointing out the window, and driving his family crazy on road trips. He sure loved to whistle, and rarely could he sit still. At the first sight of snow, he was outside clearing off the driveway. He taught his kids how to cut the lawn, paint a house, work hard in school, be competitive in sports, and yes, how to fillet their own fish. All of these activities were precious to him, but the most important part of his life was spending time with his wife, Kathy. They loved to travel together and winter in Florida. Chuck is survived by his wife, Kathy; two sons, Curt (Misty) Atkison and Craig (Justine) Atkison; his daughter, Cindy (Tom) Bernstein; six grandchildren, Samantha, Connor, Quintin, Dylan, Tommy, and Tori; and two sisters, Elizabeth Brown and Norma (Lowell) Shaw. Chuck's family and friends will be holding a private memorial service when times permit us all to be together again. Memorial contributions are welcome and can be made to the Highland Oaks Apostolic Christian nursing home (highlandoakselgin.org) or to the Alzheimer's Foundation (act.alz.org). Our family would like to express their sincere thanks to all the nurses, staff, and caregivers at Highland Oaks Apostolic Christian nursing home, and really to all front line doctors, nurses, caregivers, and administrative staff who work so hard for those in need of healthcare. Your love and care of Chuck and our family will never be forgotten.



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Published in Daily Herald on Nov. 18, 2020.
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November 21, 2020
Chuck was a really great man and educator. He will not be forgotten. Condolences to is family.
Jane Jones
Fort Myers, FL
Jane E Jones
Friend
November 20, 2020
Kathy, I express my sincere sympathy. Chuck was a kind, energetic, fun loving guy. The families of District 15 were very fortunate to have Chuck supporting them. My sympathy to your family too.
Barbara Barry
Friend
November 20, 2020
Chuck was always a bright spirit, interested in everything and everybody. He was compassionate and empathetic. We knew him a relatively short time -- compared to teachers and other coworkers -- but such a sincere and friendly person!
Patty and Bill Crowl
Neighbor
November 20, 2020
Chuck hired me to teach students with disabilities at Plum Grove School. It was my first teaching job. I was so fortunate to have his leadership, guidance, patience and kindness in the beginning of my 51 year career in education. I will always be indebted to chuck and offer my thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.
Frank De Rosa
Coworker
November 19, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful Man. We will love you and miss you always. Curt and Misty Atkison
Misty Atkison
Family
November 18, 2020
He was truly an amazing person for me to have had the opportunity to know. Always kind. Had some great memories.
Brian Richards
Coworker
November 18, 2020
It was an honor and a pleasure to work for Chuck at Lake Louise. He loved the school and his job. Chuck's endless enthusiasm for quality education spilled over into every aspect of Lake Louise. He will be greatly missed by so many.
ROBIN KOPECKY
Coworker
November 18, 2020
We enjoyed getting to know Chuck at Lake Barrington Shores. He was such a kind, pleasant, mild mannered person but with a quiet energy that was the source for his many accomplishments. The world sorely needs more people like him.

John & Judy Hathaway
Acquaintance
November 18, 2020
As a new junior principal in district 15, Chuck was very sweet and welcoming to me...he would always be there if I needed. Such a fine and gentle soul.
Patricia Cassidy
Coworker
November 18, 2020
One of THE best human beings ever. He was absolutely so genuine. Chuck cared for kids so much. I remember when District 15 had “special” 1/2 days and Chuck took kids fishing at Lake Louise. He was an amazing role model and so sincere. When my dad died at Parent Conference time and I was traveling to LL from SRP that year, Chuck told me to “go on and get out there “ and took care of rearranging all my conferences. He had a great sense of humor and would sit and have lunch with his kindergarten team. He even visited my tiny room at LL and would play the piano. He made me a better teacher! When someone says “What a great guy” they mean Chuck. Warm thoughts and prayers to Kathy and his family.
Patty Clark
Patty Clark
Coworker
November 18, 2020
So wonderful to work with Chuck. He was always kind caring and ready with a good story. Our lives are better for having known Chuck.
Dave and Vicky Werner
Coworker
November 18, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. What a joy to not only work with Chuck in CCSD15, to live close to him in Elgin, meet unexpectedly at Starbucks and play many rounds of golf together. Wonderful memories of our time together. Your family is in our prayers.
Mike & Karen Baker
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