Charles Jerome Voglewede, 82, of Fort Wayne, IN, former longtime resident of Decatur, IN, passed away on August 12, 2019 at his home surrounded by his wife and children. He was born to the late Arthur E. and Bernardine A. (Christen) Voglewede on October 31, 1936 in Decatur, Indiana. He was also known by his many friends as “Chuck” or “Charlie.” He married Carol A. McCormick on June 22, 1963.
Charles attended St Joseph Catholic School and graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School, where he was an altar server, Boy Scout, and an accomplished basketball player. He attended St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, IN. Charles served his country honorably in the U.S. Army from 1958 – 1964, where he attained the rank of Sergeant and was stationed in Maryland, Germany, and Georgia.
Charles was a man of faith and was an active parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church for 78 years until he and Carol moved to Fort Wayne to be closer to the medical services they needed. They now are parishioners of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, David and a sister, Mary Weaver.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Carol A. Voglewede of Ft. Wayne, IN; 7 children, Christopher (Paula), of Pittsboro, IN, Carrie (Rodney) Schuster of Swanton, OH, Cathy (Morton) Copeland, of Milton, KY, Carl (Cindy) of Oxford, IN, Chad (Lexie), of Fort Wayne, IN, Chet (Nikki), of Fort Wayne, IN, and Camile (Noha Guest) Voglewede of Woodburn, IN; 2 sisters, Sr. Mary Martin “Barbara” Voglewede of Fon du Lac, WI, and Alice (Jim) Weber of Coldwater, MI. Charles and Carol were blessed by 28 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren who filled their life and brought them great joy: Sarah, Matthias, Charles, Anna, Patrick, Amelia, Jessica, Joseph, Julia, LaChelle, Aaron, JaLynn, EmaLee, Martin, Abby, Phillip, Mitchell, Mason, Evelyn, Chet, Noelle, Christien, Catherine, Caelin, William, Joshua, Noquisi, and Sali; and, Kensley and Camila.
Chuck worked for United Telephone/Sprint Corporation in Decatur, IN and by hard work and dedication, worked himself from a lineman up to E. Region Engineering Manager. After 35 years of service he retired in 1995.
He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 864 for several years and was an active member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. Charles was an avid outdoorsman and loved being out in God’s creation and working on his property west of Decatur. He loved being in the woods, cutting wood, gardening, hunting, and fishing. Of all his pursuits, his favorite was fishing in Coldwater Lake with his family for over 55 years.
He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and faithfully cheered them on every week. He also collected antique, hand-blown bottles and was very proficient at finding many discarded antique treasures in the woods across Adams County. In retirement, he enjoyed keeping busy with helping his children with their houses/projects, doing woodworking, creating seashell lamps and wreaths for his family and friends, making fishing lures, and even found time to explore writing poetry, of which he was published.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home, with a reciting of the Holy Rosary at 3:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019 a.m. at St Mary of the Assumption Church, with calling prior from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Father Dennis Di Benedetto will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the American Legion Post 43.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Vincent De Paul Society or Masses.