Klima, Charles "Chuck" --- 1921-2013
KLIMA, WHEELER, SWITZER, NASSIF
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Date: 8/7/2013 at 19:05:55
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 The Guttenberg Press
Charles “Chuck” Klima
Charles “Chuck” Klima, 91, of Guttenberg, died on May 5, 2013, at his home in the company of his daughter, Kris, and his dog, Calpie, to join his departed wife Joan on their 68th wedding anniversary.
Visitation was before services at the funeral home. Memorial services were Thursday, May 9, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg. Military rites followed the services at the Veterans Memorial in the city park.
Chuck was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, a friend to many, a retired business owner and a decorated U.S. Marine who fought in WW II.
Chuck was born on May 19, 1921, in Cedar Rapids to Charles Sr. and Leota Klima. He graduated from Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids where he ran track.
The day after Pearl Harbor, Chuck was the first in Cedar Rapids to enlist in the Marine Corps. He served 35 months in the South Pacific as a member of the Forgotten Battalion, helping to secure the islands on the way to Japan, including Iwo Jima. He loved the Corps and proudly retired as Captain.
He returned from the war to marry his sweetheart, Joan Wheeler, on May 5, 1945. In Cedar Rapids they had two children, Chuck and Kris, and together ran Chuck Klima Oil Company Maintenance. He was a stained glass artist and an expert pistol shooter, winning the state championship in 1968. Chuck and Joan retired to their home in Guttenberg where Chuck enjoyed fishing, turkey hunting, and mushroom hunting. Chuck and Joan enjoyed dancing together their entire lives. “Mr. Chuck” has been a fixture at Guttenberg Elementary where he has read to kindergarteners twice a week for seven years. In 2003, Chuck helped create the beautiful stained glass panels that decorate the school’s entryway.
Chuck is survived by his brother, Richard Klima of Florida; sister, Connie Switzer of Tennessee; son, Charles Klima (Pam), 66, of Buckingham; daughter, Kris Nassif (Ken Johnsen), 63, of Des Moines; grandson, Jake Nassif (Sarah), 38, of Minneapolis, Minn.; granddaughter, Allison Nassif (Ben Weaver), 35, of Minneapolis, Minn.; and grandson, Travis Klima, 32, of La Porte City; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Gracie and Johanna; his special friend, Betty McVicker; and his best pal, Calpie.
He is preceded in death by his grandson, Brett Klima, and his wife, Joan.
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