Charles "Chuck" Korte
1946 - 2021
BORN
1946
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Headley Funeral Chapel
813 State Street
Augusta, KS
Charles "Chuck" Korte
October 31, 1946 - October 13, 2021
Augusta, Kansas - Charles J. "Chuck" Korte, 74, of Augusta, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on October 13, 2021, at Select Specialty Hospital in Wichita. He was born October 31, 1946, to Leo and Dorothy (Simon) Korte, in Wichita, his parents took him from the hospital to their home south of Augusta where he learned farming, cattle and the value of hard work. He was baptized at St. James Catholic Church where he was a lifelong member. His faith was very important to him, and he did his best to pass it on. After graduation from Augusta High School with the Class of 1964 (all of whom he considered close friends), Chuck attended Wichita State University where he was graduated in 1970 with a BS in Business Administration. On June 12, 1971, he married Deann (Haaga) of El Dorado. Six months after their marriage, Chuck and Deann moved to a farm north of Latham which they purchased in 1974 and expanded their operation by leasing other ground in the area. Although a great way to raise a family, farming and ranching in the 1980's was a tough way to make a living. So, in 1984, Chuck got his real estate license and began a second career (not giving up the first) as a Realtor (R) and auctioneer. He never stopped either career. He died owning cattle, having crops in the field ready to harvest, with active listings and clients ready to set dates for auctions. Chuck was a charter member of the former Latham Lions Club, served as a Lions District Governor in 1981-1982. After moving back to rural Augusta and the demise of Latham's club, he transferred his membership to the Augusta Lions Club of which he was a member at the time of his death. He was also a member of the St. James Knights of Columbus and a 4th Degree Knight. He served on the board of Bluestem USD 205 for 14 years while his children were students there. His favorite activities were flying his airplane for business and pleasure and shooting trap. He attended trapshoots in several states over the years, winning many events, including Out of State Champion in Alaska in 2012 and in 2020, He entered the Douglass Rodeo in bareback riding once and decided it would be better participate in that sport on the backside of a camera. During the late 60's and early 70's for several years, he traveled, mostly around Kansas, taking pictures at rodeos. That slowed down when they started a family. He enjoyed traveling. He and Deann made special memories on road trips with grandchildren. Chuck never met a stranger and made friends wherever he went. He was known for telling jokes. It is reported that in grade school he kept a notebook of jokes which he, at some point, eliminated and kept them filed by category in his head. When asked if she heard jokes all the time, Deann would reply, "If you quit laughing at them, he'll stop." His greatest accomplishment, in his opinion, was his family. Chuck is survived by his wife, Deann, children Damian and Jenelle Korte of Latham, Kim Braungardt of Augusta and Dallas and Sally Korte of Leon; 15 grandchildren, Michaela (Logan) Wassall, Montana (Lane) Moran, Garrett and Brooklyn Korte, Tristan, Tanner, and Taylor Braungardt, Sadie (Jordan) Fletcher, Brittny, Michael, Solomon, Anthony, John Paul, Robert and Emilia Korte; 4 great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Si and Kay Korte of Overland Park; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Janett (Bob) Doile and Christi (Vernon) Dutcher, all of El Dorado; several nieces and nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kathy Shoger of Augusta, a nephew, a pre-born son and 4 pre-born grandchildren. Viewing 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Headley Funeral Chapel. Rosary 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 17, 2021 at St. James Catholic Church. Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 18, 2021, at St. James Catholic Church, Augusta. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery Augusta, KS. Memorial donations to St. James Catholic Church, 1012 Belmont, Augusta, KS 67010; Bluestem Outdoor Club, c/o Bluestem High School, 500 Bluestem Dr., Leon, KS 67074; or the Chuck & Deann Korte Presidential Scholarship Fund c/o Butler Foundation, 901 S. Haverhill RD, El Dorado, KS 67042.


Published by Wichita Eagle on Oct. 15, 2021.
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17
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1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Headley Funeral Chapel
813 State Street, Augusta, KS
Oct
17
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6:00p.m.
St. James Catholic Church
KS
Oct
18
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St. James Catholic Church
Augusta, KS
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13 Entries
Wayne Chambers
October 19, 2021
I´m so sorry to hear of Chucks passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. I always enjoyed Chucks auctions. He will be missed.
Lynn Ellis
Other
October 18, 2021
Chuck was a great friend to us and was always so kind. John enjoyed hunting with him they had a great friendship. We had fun with him setting up and working auctions he even got me to serve food at the auctions, but all he usually wanted was a Ham sandwich. I met Chuck 18 years ago and we became fast friends with him and Deane. Like so many will say Chuck didn´t know a stranger. When he was in Wichita he would stop over our house to visit or we would have lunch at the diner around the corner,In the summer he even went swimming with us in our pool. There are so many memories we have with him but what stands out the most was his Faith in God, his love for his family and spending time with his friends. We send our deepest condolences to Deane Kim Dallas and Damian and the rest of his family. Thank you for sharing him with us. John and Jeannie Frye
John & Jeannie Frye
Friend
October 17, 2021
Sorry to hear of this, my thoughts are with you all.
Rex Stevens
October 17, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to the family. He was a wonderful kind mind and will deeply be missed
George and Marilyn cash
Friend
October 17, 2021
My heart goes out to you, Deann. May God wrap HIS arms of comfort around your whole family.
Cynthia J Ross
Other
October 16, 2021
Chuck was a great man. Always enjoyed visiting with both of you. Love and prayers for the family
Polly Knapp
Friend
October 15, 2021
I haven't seen Chuck or Deeann for a while but they certainly were a part of my life here in Augusta, from Real estate to auctions and just friendly conversations in the past. I worked for Gary Dryden and loved auctions. This is how we knew one another. Its sad to lose Chuck and other men and women who made up our community for such a long time. Those who knew Chuck will miss him and keep a fond memory of times shared.
Marsha Forsyth
Friend
October 15, 2021
My heart goes out to your family! He was such a kind man and I loved his auctions! You will call me in my thoughts and prayers!
Marty Koop
October 15, 2021
I met Chuck when we started doing consessions with my folks at his auctions, back in the early 90's. He was a wonderful man, and it was our honor to know him. May God bless his family and friends at this sad time. He will be missed.
Rhonda Howard Schulz
October 15, 2021
My condolences to the family of Chuck. We will miss him shooting with us in the Wednesday night league at Ark Valley Gun Club
Rex Howe
October 15, 2021
Deann & Kim, I'm so very sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. I only worked for you at the real estate office for a brief time but always enjoyed my conversations with him. It always amazed me when he could tell you exactly where to look in his notebook to retrieve a name or number he just knew he had. Such a kind man. Prayers to your family. ~ Angela Looper
Angela Looper
October 15, 2021
Rest In Peace my friend. I will never forget your contagious smile and witty humor. I´ll miss going to your auctions and watching you do what you were really good at. I´ll miss seeing you at St James and those occasions when you sang at church. I´ll miss shooting trap with you at the Ark Valley Gun Club and giving me pointers when I first got started. You left this world too soon but the folks in Heaven have gained a blessing. Prayers to your family and my deepest condolences.
Dan Biehler & Family
Friend
October 14, 2021
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