Obituary for L. Charles "Chuck" Prust
L. CHARLES “CHUCK” PRUST, 88, passed away on July 28, 2017 surrounded by his family at Alden Estates after suffering a brief illness, Chuck was born on April 20, 1929 near Lake Mills, WI, the son of Alvin and Loretta (Fischer) Prust. Chuck grew up in the Lake Mills area where he attended country school and graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1946.
“Life is like a game of cards...
How well you do in the end will depend on what you do with the cards you’ve been dealt.”
Chuck loved to play cards especially with his family, at the Senior Center and with anyone who had time. As a card player you are always hoping for that perfect hand. As we know life falls short from being perfect but the “cards” Chuck was dealt were perfect for him. At a young age Chuck met the love of his life, Marion Carlson at Schweiger Industries where both of them worked. They shared 65 years together and during that time they were blessed with five children. During the early years of marriage Chuck took over his family’s farm in 1950. He and Marion were dealt several difficult hands during this time, but survived the situations they were handed. They switched from dairy farming to raising Angus beef and hogs, which led to involvement in 4-H. A life that wasn’t always easy but a life that made many good memories. As the years passed; so did farm life. After the early years of farming, Chuck worked at Stoppenbach until his retirement and drove school bus part time for the Jefferson School District and also for the Nekoosa School System during his retirement years, as he and Marion enjoyed the life that Lake Arrowhead had to offer. His bus driving days allowed him to be around the youth and also be a part of his grandchildren activities while they were in school. Up until his death, Chuck could be found watching every Brewer, Packer, and Badger Game possible. He was a huge fan of all Wisconsin sports.
Woodworking was a passion of his. He loved to work with his hands and create. His rocking horses, marble games, and doll beds are loved by his grandchildren and now his great grandchildren and these will be a pieces of him that will be carried on to the next generations. The holidays were always a special time for Chuck, especially Christmas. Each year he would make a special wood Santa ornament that he would gift to his loved ones and friends. Chuck grew up on the dance floor and absolutely loved his Polka and Waltz music. He was a great dance partner. Even though his legs wouldn’t allow him to dance any longer he still enjoyed going to the fairgrounds and listening to the polka bands, especially Jimmy Hartwig. During his time spent at Aldens’ he made many friends and was instructor to many at the euchre card table and on the cribbage board. He had an extreme fondness for the group of UW-Whitewater Visitation Students who interacted with the residents there.
Chuck is survived by Sons, Paul (Jo) of Marshall, WI, Jeff (Sheila), Hurley, WI and John of Jefferson; Two daughters, Barbara (Larry) Lee and Patty (Doug) Heckart of Jefferson, WI, eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren with the newest due next week (#11). He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marion, granddaughter, Marion Tyler; and a great granddaughter, Molly Pechan.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 5, at 11 am at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church in Jefferson with Reverend David Zandt officiating. Visitation will be held at Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home from 4 to 8 on August 4, 2017, and then again at the Church on Saturday from 9:30 am until the time of service. Burial will take place in Union Cemetery, Jefferson.
Memorial donations if desired may be made to St Mark’s Lutheran Church.
Chuck will be truly missed by his family and friends. Our hearts are sad to say goodbye to this kind and gentle man but they are also rejoicing knowing he can dance, pain free, the blue skirt waltz again with Marion in heaven, He’s probably found the cookie jar as well.
The family would like to thank Alden Estate’s nursing staff, nursing assistants and activity staff for all of their help, kindness and support during the years of Chuck’s residency.
We would also like to recognize those who gave of their time to visit with Dad on a regular basis,
Especially Myrtle and Vince Licari.
Visit www.schneidermichaelisfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence or light a candle in his memory.