Charles ‘Chuck’ R. A. Reblin, 95

Charles “Chuck” R. A. Reblin of West Bend passed away on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at the age of 95. Chuck was also a longtime resident of Grafton.

In his own words, “Chuck finally hit the deck” referring to early boxing and wrestling days.

Chuck was raised in Granville on a truck gardening and dairy farm by Charles and Anna Reblin. Chuck was the oldest of five siblings, dear brother of Marie (Richard) Kraeblen and Betty (Richard) Connell; dear brother in-law of Orrene Reblin; and preceded in death by sister Ann (Harvey) Livingston, brothers Albert and Reinhold. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends, also including brothers-inlaw, Vincent Petrocelli, Alan Grady and Keith Steffen; special cousins, Bernie (Florence) Domecki, Eddie Domecki and Florence Weber; and dear friend of Jack and Cheri Downer.

Chuck was an amateur wrestling champion in the Milwaukee County Parks in 1936. In 1938, he also won three second-place finishes in Ozaukee County speed skating events. He was a boxing champion in the 1940 Land O’ Lakes Golden Gloves competition. During World War II, he served as a wrestling and drill instructor in the U. S. Navy in Millington, Tenn.

Chuck was married twice, for almost 32 years each time, surviving Florence Petrocelli and Lila Grady Doege. During the war in 1945, he married his first wife, Florence, who was a Navy Wave.

After they married, they settled in Germantown and then built a home in Grafton. With Florence, he had three children, Michael (Susan), Paul and Luann (Chuck) Boie and one granddaughter Elizabeth Reblin.

In 1977, he married Lila Grady-Doege. They lived in Grafton until 1992 when they moved to a new condo in West Bend. He is survived by three step-daughters, Susan (Marty) Keey, Gail (Gary) Laverenz and Joan (Rod) Lisowski; two step-grandchildren, Amy (Todd) Schrap, Ryan (Katie) Laverenz; and two great step-grandchildren.

Stepson David (Gretchen) Doege preceded him in death.

Before retiring in 1983, Chuck happily worked for 32 years as a welder at Continental Can Co. in Milwaukee.

For 60 years, Chuck enjoyed creating many scrapbooks capturing family history. He wrote countless editorials to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also enjoyed being active, walking and riding his exercise bike every day, up until the last few months of his life.

Polka was his favorite music and a source of joy when he could no longer see due to blindness, as well as listening to Archie Bunker on “All in the Family” and Judge Judy.

That could explain his sense of humor and personality.

As Chuck said in his own words, “He was born to make waves, both mentally and physically, and enjoyed his entire life doing just that.”

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. at the Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory, W63 N527 Hanover Ave., Cedarburg, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Private inurnment Thursday, Oct. 31, will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grafton.

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Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.