Charles H. "Chuck" Hammer

Charles H. "Chuck" Hammer, of West Bend, passed away Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006 after 87 years of life.

Chuck was born on Dec. 26, 1918, the son of Walter P. and Esther M. (nee Klug) Hammer in Milwaukee, where he was also raised.

He attended Washington High School, and graduated in 1936 as president of his class. He continued his education at Marquette University and graduated in 1942 with a degree in chemical engineering and election to Tau Beta Pi, national engineering honor society.

While at Marquette, he earned three letters playing basketball from 1938 through 1941 and was awarded the prestigious Mar-quette Medal for excellence in academics and athletics, the predecessor of the McCahill award.

On April 25, 1942, he dedicated his love to Margaret J. Stiehm, and the couple celebrated 64 years of marriage until her death in September of 2006.

Also in 1942, Chuck went on to serve in the United States Navy for three and a half years as a lieutenant during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

Upon his discharge, he began his career at the West Bend Co. in product development.

At that time, he also played semi-professional basketball with the West Bend Benders.

Throughout his career at the West Bend Co., Chuck was active in product development, manufacturing and operations.

He rose through the ranks to become plant superintendent, director of manufacturing, vice president of manufacturing, vice president of operations, senior vice president and retired as executive vice president of manufacturing after 34 years of service.

Chuck was also active in serving the community.

He and his wife, Margaret, were one of five couples who started Our Saviorís Lutheran Church in 1959, where he served as treasurer for 20 years.

He also served on various church and charitable boards in both West Bend and in Arizona following his retirement.

Chuck enjoyed, with his family and friends, sail boating, golf, dancing, bridge and supporting both Arizona Wildcat and Mar-quette Warrior basketball.

He was a member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Marquette Alumni Association, and loved spending quality time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Throughout his life he served as a caregiver, first to his parents, then to his sister-in-law, and finally to his loving wife, Margaret, until her death in September of 2006.

He will be missed deeply by his sons, David (Barbara) Hammer of Waukesha and Rick (Kathy) Hammer of North Prairie; his grandchildren, Scott (Angela) Hammer of Waukesha, Mark (Amanda) Hammer of Oconomo-woc, Jeanine (Peter) Nordquist of Nashville, Tenn., Carolyn Ham-mer of Washington, D.C. and Gay-le Hammer of Chicago; and his great-grandchildren, Tyler, Maicy, Dylan, Brooke and Jayden Ham-mer, and Emma Joy Nordquist.

He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other special relatives and many dear friends.

Chuck was greeted at the gates of heaven by his parents; his loving wife, Margaret; his brother, Walter (Delores and Pat) Ham-mer; and two sisters-in-law, Helen (Sherburn) Bartelt and Lois (Edward) Grutza.

A funeral service will be held in honor of Chuck on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, 809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend, with Rev. Cal Seban officiating.

Visitation with family and friends will be held on Thursday at the church from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m.

Entombment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to either St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, 809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend, WI 53095, or Kirkland Crossings, 700 Quinlan Drive, Pewaukee, WI 53072.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.