Charles “Chuck” Hessil, 85, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services after a short, courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on May 5, 1937 in Antigo, Wisconsin to the late John and Kathryn (Kleber) Hessil. After high school he was proud to serve his country in the United States Air Force and was honored to be chosen to participate in the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.
On August 21, 1965, he was united in marriage to Donna Ruby in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They were married for 57 years.
He was a hard worker who would lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Bowling was his favorite pastime. He bowled in many leagues in various local bowling centers over the years. In addition, he served for 29 years in the Wisconsin State USBC Bowling Association and was the President in 2008-2009. He was inducted into the Wausau Area Bowling Hall of Fame in 2008. He also participated for over 30 years in the USBC Open Championships. He also enjoyed hunting, watching Brewer and Packer games, his daily visit to the garage and going to the Nascar races in Phoenix, Arizona. He loved spending time at his cabin, walking in the woods, cutting firewood, putzing around in the garage or having a cold beer with his buddies. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up to become fine young men and women. He was very proud of all of them and their accomplishments.
He is survived by his wife Donna, sons Bryan (Michele Tessmer), Raymond (Ann), grandchildren Tarin James, Kelsey (Bart) Carrigan, Charlie (Shantel), Thomas and Emma. Great grandchildren Grayson, Lincoln and Embrya. Brother Robert (Marion) Hessil, in-laws Judith Greiten, Ray (Susan) Ruby, Jane (Mark) Bowman, Tammy (Benny) Ruby, Rachel Ruby, Ruth Ruby, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends
He was preceded in death by his parents, Father and Mother-in-law Lawrence and Rose Ruby, brother John, in-laws Larry, Randy, Jim, Greg, Glenn and Shana Ruby, Ralph Greiten and numerous other family members.
Memorial service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at Brainard Funeral Home - Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. Rev. Allan Slowiak will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a future date in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood, MI.
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Chuck’s family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the Aspirus Regional Cancer Center for allowing him to fight his cancer on his own terms and the Hospice team for the care they provided.