Charles D. ‘Chuck’ Skeels
Dec. 20, 1943 — Jan. 1, 2017

Charles D. “Chuck” Skeels, of Muskego, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at the age of 73.

Born on Dec.20, 1943, Chuck was the eldest child of Lester and Roxie Skeels. Chuck and his sister, Carol, grew up in Hinsdale, Ill., a town which remained dear to Chuck’s heart his entire life. Part of the family’s tradition was to share a weekly Sunday dinner with the extended family — a tradition that Chuck continued well into adulthood and one which remains a treasured memory for both of his children.

Chuck graduated with a business degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1966. In 1967, he married his college sweetheart, Julie Gibson.

Together, they had two daughters: Kellie (1969) and Heather (1971). Chuck’s first job out of college was at the Bank of Madison.

While he later worked for O’Hare Bank in Illinois and in real estate, Chuck’s real passion was working for the church. He served as the director of the Church Extension Fund for many years, and always volunteered his time and talents at his home church.

After retirement, Chuck continued to serve in various positions at Grace Lutheran Church, including as president.

Chuck was a voracious reader, deeply interested in politics, and knew everything there was to know about the Chicago Aurora & Elgin Railroad, knowledge and reminiscences which he was always happy to share with you.

Although Chuck was more musical than anyone we knew — supporting organ music, choir, and brass — he claimed he could only play the radio. He was a proud parent, but what he loved most in life were his grandchildren and they could do no wrong in his eyes. Chuck followed and loved the Lord his entire life, and we take comfort in knowing he is safe in his savior’s arms now.

Chuck will be deeply missed by his daughters, Kellie (Erik) Eggert and Heather (Jeff) Nagel; grandchildren, Katya Eggert, Lily and Joshua Nagel; sister, Carol (Rick) Nambo; and former wife, Julie (Lee) Starck. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents. We look forward to our future, joyous reunion with Chuck. Rev. 21:4.

Flowers may be sent to the funeral home listed below. Memorial donations in Chuck’s name may be sent to Grace Lutheran Church or to the Illinois Railway Museum,

The visitation for Chuck will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church, 700 Beechwood Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The memorial service will immediately follow at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Jason Hacker will be officiating.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-5426609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit