December 26, 1937 - January 24, 2021
Proud former member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force, Charles “Chuck” Wheatley passed away on January 24, 2021, following an unexpected health crisis. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marise, his children, Greg (Kathy), Jo (Robin), Michelle (Mark), two sisters, Dorothy and Millie, his brother, David, three grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
Chuck peacefully left this life surrounded by his wife, son, and daughters. Despite battling back from multiple cancer diagnoses and numerous other health issues, Chuck’s last weeks were filled with contentment in simple pleasures, his strong and constant faith and, as always, his unending love for his family.
During his 32-year career with Western Electric/AT&T, Chuck was involved in the Pioneers volunteer network answering the call of those in need within the community. His volunteer work led to years of his own skilled building and woodworking projects, and throughout his life “Wood Chuck” (as he referred to himself) was there with power tools in hand to help a friend construct a shed or craft a durable piece of furniture.
Having committed to his own sobriety for 33 years, Chuck was consistently willing to help others in the midst of their own struggle with addiction. His strength and non-judgmental support were offered freely to anyone in need – strangers were welcomed, friends were treated as family, and family were respected as friends.
The scrappy intensity of Chuck’s early life that punctuates many of his family’s funniest stories, gave way over the years to the quiet strength, gentle humor, and his open forgiving heart that will be missed most as his family carries the lessons of his life and enduring memories of his love with them always.
A rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, followed by Mass at 10:30 at Assumption Catholic Church, 2361 E. 78th Ave, Denver. In consideration of COVID-19 restrictions social distancing will be observed, with masks required. The service will also be live-streamed on YouTube for those unable to attend in person.
Rather than flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to either the Assumption Catholic Church to assist their outreach program, or to the Denver Rescue Mission.