Charles R. Meck
Koch Funeral Home - State College
2401 S. Atherton Street
State College, PA
Charles R. Meck May 28, 1932 September 18, 2018 Charles R. Meck born May 28, 1932, (age 86), passed away peacefully on September 18, 2018, surrounded by family at Fairport Baptist Home in Fairport, N.Y. Born in Cressona, to the late Ted and Mary Meck. Charlie was a life-long resident of Pennsylvania until the past five years when he resided in Macedon, N.Y. Predeceased by his wife, Shirley Wert Meck, whom he married in 1956. Also predeceased by his brothers, Harold and Jerry; and sister, Beverly. Charlie served in the Army during the Korean War in Fort Bragg as an artillery man on the atomic cannon. He went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Penn State, and received his Masters in Administration from the University of Scranton. Charlie worked at Penn State in Continuing Education for over 25 years. His life-long love was enjoying the outdoors, especially fly-fishing. Charlie was a noted author and fly fishing expert. He wrote 15 books on fly fishing, as well as numerous magazine articles. He loved teaching others the sport of fly fishing and the appreciation of the beauty of the natural world. Charlie was inducted into the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the Outdoor Writers Association and PA Outdoor Writers Association. Surviving are his two children, Bryan Meck and wife Julie, of Palmyra, N.Y.; his daughter Lynne Nowaczek and husband Rick, of Hillsborough, N.J.; three grandchildren, Lauren (Zack) Dendler, Matt Nowaczek, and Pierce Meck; his brother, Dennis Meck, of Pennsylvania; sister-in-law, Sonia Meck, of Ohio; brother-in-law, John Miller, of Pennsylvania; and many friends and family. There will be a visitation on Sunday, September 23, 2018, from 3-6 p.m. at the Koch Funeral Home in State College. On September 24, 2018, at 10:00 a.m, there will be a memorial service at Koch Funeral Home with the Reverend Carl Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at Centre County Memorial Park. If desired, donations can be made to Little Juniata River Association ( or Project Healing
Published by Centre Daily Times on Sep. 20, 2018.
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Mr Meck....its to hard to say goodbye to a Master in this fly fishing world. But we have accept it.....have a save trip and God bless you Big man. Theo
Theo bakelaar
January 27, 2019
In addition to being one of the most honest and sincere individuals I've ever had the honor of fishing with. Charlie taught me to tie a few of his favorite fly patterns that have become a staple in my fly box. An author, conservationist, great fly fisherman and a genuine gentleman. It was an honor to call Charlie my friend.
Creg Strock
January 26, 2019
Charlie, was one of those people you meet and you never forget. I first met him along the Bald Eagle Creek in 1976 and showed me how to catch trout with an artificial fly. Sure will miss him, a good man!Prayers go out to the family.
Tom Neff
January 24, 2019
Lynne and Bryan,
It seems like another time; but I remember you as kids and Shirley as Chas's typist of your dad's books. The 4 of you made a VERY nice family. The dogs are still in n my mind's pictures too. : )
My deepest symphony,

Marie Neidig
Marie Neidig
October 2, 2018
Charlie was a true gentleman. His books on fly fishing helped me to learn more about this great sport. He will be missed very much.
Rob Stilwell
September 26, 2018
My condolences to his family. Charlie was a giant in the field of fly fishing knowledge. This is a great loss to the fly fishing community, but his literary heritage will be enduring. Tight lines Charlie!

Andy Karcich
Andrew Karcich
September 26, 2018
I had the honor of fishing with Chas, and spending a glorious day with him on Spruce Creek. He introduced me to Spruce Creek tavern where you could get enough French fries to "choke a horse". I learned much about fishing reading his books. Tight lines old friend.
Dave Herold
September 25, 2018
Bryan & Lynne, I am so very sorry for your loss. As you may remember, our parents (Mark & Theda Davis) were very close friends. Our fathers worked together in continuing ed. & often fished with yours. You have my deepest sympathy. Mariesa Davis McCloud
September 24, 2018
My condolences and prayers to the family. Charlie was a good friend and will be missed. I cherish memories of times spent with him on the stream and off. I think of him every time I tie a Patriot.
Eugene Gordon
September 23, 2018
RUthann Weamer
September 22, 2018
Charlie you were a great friend and mentor. You'll be missed greatly.
James Misiura
September 21, 2018
The world has lost a good man. Charlie and I went to PSU together and he helped me get a good start. He and his wife were like my second set of parents guiding me in my studies.
Bill Barnhart
September 21, 2018
Seems like only yesterday we were on Spring Creek. ...can't believe it was 2 decades ago. Glad you made a couple big shows as I hadn't seen you in some years. Out of sight, but never out of mind. Sincere condolences to your family. Farewell, my old friend. Bob Mead
September 21, 2018
Ho ho all....I think he find his way to heaven and you all must know Heaven has a new Angel. We all thank him for taking care of us in this fly fishing world. He will be missed. Amen.
Theo Bakelaar
September 21, 2018
I'll always remember the pleasure I had fishing with him on Spring Creek one day. Even stopping for a bottle of orange soda at days end! RIP Charles may God bless you.
Roger Patton
September 21, 2018
My deepest respect and condolences. I am forever grateful to Charlie and his family for the love they have shown me over the years.
Fred Templin
September 21, 2018
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September 20, 2018
A more honest kind helpful generous human does not exist. Prolific writer, fly tyer, fisherman and outdoorsman. It has been said that God does not dedect from our time on earth-the time spent fishing. Charlie fished a lot- and boy are we thankful! I told him once if he gets there first to save a reach for me. We will miss you Chas.
Craig Josephson
September 20, 2018
The world has lost a true gentleman. I'll never forget watching Charlie work with the kids from Bishop Guilfoyle HS Fly Fishing Club. He spent hours with them teaching casting, fly tying and fishing skills. The kids loved him! And, he loved them! He will be missed.
Jim Litrun
September 20, 2018
My sympathy to the family. Charlie was a great man and friend. At Bishop Guilfoyle, we started a flyfishing club and Charlie was a big part of it. He taught the students so much and always brought one of his books for the kids to keep. What special memories I have of him there and on Spruce Creek. You'll be missed deeply but never forgotten.
Lois (Ferringer) Sweetland
September 20, 2018
I will always remember fishing "Blueberry Yarn eggs" and "Steeler yarn eggs " with Charlie at the SCR&GC. He was a skilled fly fisher and always generous with his time and knowledge. He will be missed by many.
Bill Anderson
September 20, 2018
Our deepest sympathy is with the family and friends. You are all in our hearts and prayers.
Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited
September 20, 2018
I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. Your father was of true character and he'll be missed. It was an honor to have spent time with him on the streams of PA.
Robert Gormley
September 20, 2018
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