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Charles (Chuck) W. Wick
October 12, 1931 ~ November 21, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Charles William Wick (Chuck) passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Zablocki VA Medical Center on 21 Nov 2023. He was 92. He was born in Milwaukee on 12 Oct 1931 to Wilma Kreiter and William B. Wick who came from a long-established farming family in Menomonee Falls.
He attended a Catholic primary school and Rufus King High School where he learned auto mechanics.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 - 1955 and was trained as a cryptographic specialist. He served in Korea and Japan after training. After becoming a Staff Sergeant, he left the Air Force to take care of his ailing mother. He worked with his grandfather as a carpenter for five years and then he was employed at a service station which led to him owning his own auto mechanic shop. He was an auto mechanic for the next 50 years. He owned the well-known “Chuck’s Auto” repair shop on 57th and North Ave for almost 20 years until 1990. Dozens of local boys worked there over the years, and for many, it was their first job. He quietly retired and continued to repair cars and do carpentry well into his 80’s.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Gertrude (Trudy). He is survived by two sisters Barbara (Smith) and Debbie (Hypes) both of Lake Havasu, AZ. Also, nieces Rachel Ellis of Townsend, WI and Katherine Krueger (Dan) of Milwaukee and nephews Richard Ellis (Judy) of Milton, WV and Kenneth Ellis of Milwaukee, all of whom he helped raise for seven years. While Chuck was never married, he mentored many with whom he maintained special relationships, including Shawn Leskow (Beryl Harper), with whom he made his home for many years. He also has many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Chuck was blessed to also have a role in the lives of Shawn Leskow’s daughters, Bobbie Jo, Tina, Christy, Lisa, Lorie and Jamie. A very special thanks to Bobbie Jo Lesko for her time and attention to Chuck during his final weeks.
Chuck was a die hard Packers fan and had not missed a game since 1956. He loved watching sports, reading and playing slot machines, especially in his later years. He is missed by many.