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Chuck Mount

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On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, we lost a great one. Charles "Chuck" Kirtley Mount passed away at his home (avoiding the hospital as he wished) at the age of 78.
He was born April 18, 1940, in Cincinnatti to Charles Adam Mount and Dorothy Crockett Mount spending an adventurous childhood as an Army brat including spending 1948-9 in Trieste, Italy. He was proud of his South Side, Chicago roots where he won the South Side 14-under football park district championship for Palmer Park and again the next year for Fenger High School. Make no mistake; he was a Sox fan. "Chuck" finished his high school career at Ft. Knox High School, where he continued to play quarterback and edit the school newspaper, graduating in 1958. He went on to earn BS ('62) and MS ('63) degrees in journalism from Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, where he earned the nickname "Scoop." At Northwestern, Chuck was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
He worked as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune from 1964-1998 where he covered criminal courts, State of Illinois Building, Daley Center, and North and Northwest suburbs. Chuck served with the 12th Special Forces Group from 1968-1976 and retired LTC US Army after 28 years. Chuck also enjoyed teaching and was an adjunct professor at NU's Medill School of Journalism in the 1980s. Through his retirement he made a career of substitute teaching for Lodi, Antioch, and Stockton school districts while in California and, more recently, for Burlington and Elgin schools in the Chicago area - taking an interest in his students and attending wrestling matches and football games. In addition, he appreciated history and worked as an election judge for many years in both California and Illinois. Chuck served as president of the Special Forces Association Chicago Area Chapter 37 from 2014-2018 and found great friendship in this community.
Beyond his education and career, Chuck was a proud Northwestern Wildcat, holding season tickets to football and basketball games for decades, rarely missing a game, and often flanked by daughter, Kim, at Ryan Stadium. His purple passion permeated all areas: he could be found at women's soccer and lacrosse games, men's soccer and baseball games, Waa-Mu, reunions, and the Delt house.
Chuck had many pastimes and was an expert recreater. Upon retirement from the Tribune, he bought an RV and drove across the country golfing and alpine skiing before buying a home in Isleton, California, and enjoying the Delta. He was an avid golfer and former member at Woodbridge Golf and Country Club where he was active in the senior group. Chuck also played tennis and enjoyed his workouts. A boat owner for much of his adult life, he continued to slalom waterski into his seventies.
Chuck had a true appreciation for defiant mischief and seized any opportunity to prank someone. Maybe you were on the receiving end of one of them.
Chuck's greatest love was his daughters. Like so many dads he could be unintentionally funny, maddening, surprising and, through it all, unwaveringly dedicated to his girls. He was a constant champion for them. Believing strongly in the empowerment of athletics, he immersed Hillary and Kim in sports at an early age. He could be found on the sidelines or in the stands at every speed skating meet and every soccer, volleyball, and t-ball game.
Chuck would light up in the presence of his grandchildren. Committed to being part of their lives, he was known to drive three hours one way to watch Charlie and Sam play soccer only to turn around and drive home. Catching a flight to see Charlie ski race was common. He came to Aria's dance and swim classes almost weekly and was so happy to watch her swim like a fish. Of course, he was entertained seeing her kick water into her instructor's face. Chuck was a rockstar grandpa-the kind who gets on the floor to play at his grandkids' level and the kind that plays ball with them in the yard. The kind who never misses an April Fool's Day and plans his prank on his grandson months in advance. He was proud of them, and he got a kick out of them. He dubbed each of them "Red card," "(Fellow) Aries," and "South Side Shenanigans," during their toddler years and thoroughly relished their independence and stubborn nature.
Chuck was a connector who had an amazing ability to make friends and acquaintances that spanned different groups. He had a big, colorful personality and despite - or maybe because of - his eccentricities, he was a generous friend and created meaning for people, often checking in with them and remembering details about their lives. He enriched many, and he will be missed.
He is survived by two daughters - Hillary (Bill) Fiveash of Park City, Utah, and Kimberly (Brian) Grabiner of Chicago - and three grandchildren - Charlie and Sam Fiveash and Aria Grabiner.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10, 2019
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