Charles E. “Chuck” Weber, 81, Marshfield, went to his heavenly reward on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at his home in the Town of Spencer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, April 30, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Marshfield, where the visitation will be from 9:00 am on Monday until service time. Father Samuel Martin will be the celebrant. Burial will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1866 of Marshfield. Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Chuck made his entry into the world on September 7, 1936, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, to Esther (Jarvis) and Herbert C. Weber Sr. As the baby of the family, the third of three boys, he lovingly became known as “Chickie,” a nickname his classmates carried over beyond grade school. Charlie was a true and loyal character who made his mark in the world as a fun-loving, adventurous outdoorsman, who passed along his love of the outdoors through amusing family adventures.
In 1955, his adventures began when enlisting in the “Red Arrow” 32nd Infantry Division of the Wisconsin National Guards at Fort McCoy. He then graduated in 1956 from Columbus High School in Marshfield and managed the Standard Service Station in Spencer until 1961. As the world stage heated up during the Berlin Crisis, President Kennedy ordered the mobilization of the 32nd Infantry to Fort Lewis, Washington. There, Sergeant Weber became fond of ‘hitting-the-mark’ and calling the shots for the Howitzer strike as a forward observer and intel specialist. His love of the magnificent artillery salute was born and perpetuated in his enthusiasm of fireworks and guns. His aim was always true, so he next put his sights on the love of his life and married his high school sweetheart, Judith C. Merkel on April 7, 1962 at Fort Lewis, WA. His nicknames of “Charlie Brown” and “Good-time Charlie” were activated well before his deactivation from the Guards in August 1962. On the date of his honorable discharge, Charlie served 7 years, 7 months and 7 days for his country. He then worked as a mechanic at Crown Olds-Cadillac Dealership in Marshfield. Deciding it was time to be his own boss, in 1968 he built, owned and operated C&W Auto Sports. His multiple talents were put to use as a mechanic and his joviality gave him the natural fit of a salesman for Indian motorcycles and Scorpion snowmobiles. His skills twice earned him the title of Wisconsin’s Top Salesman of the Year for Scorpion.
Charlie was an avid fisherman and hunter with many memorable trips up to the cabin in Phillips and to Canada. He always seemed to have a supply of fireworks on hand and to display over the lake. In typical Sgt. Weber style, there were plenty of resounding echos of artillery salute, or a surprise M80 boom to scare the wits out of you when you least expected it.
By 1975, Charlie was on to new adventures. He retired from C&W Auto Sports and once again built a business from scratch out of his home, bringing in his love of wood woodworking. He became well-known as “The Antiquer” through his work of stripping and refinishing antiques, but he became affectionately known as “The Stripper,” by his family and friends. His favorite patron and shop companion was his late dog Speck.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Judy and their children, Mark (Donna) Weber of Spencer, Janene (Steve) Ravet of Catawba, Miriam Weber of Marshfield and Natalie (Aaron) VanHove of Elk Mound. He is also survived by 3 Grandchildren, Max Weber, Ashlynn VanHove and Addison VanHove. He is further survived by his brother, Richard (Diane) Weber of Schofield.
He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Herbert Weber Jr. and a grandson, Graham D. Spindler.
Leading the charge with his quick wit and sense of humor, we look forward to the day when we can once again celebrate with him.
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