Monday, January 19, 2009

Charles C. 'Chuck' Davies

Charles C. “Chuck” Davies, age 84, passed away Monday, January 19, 2009, at Parkside Manor in Kenosha. Charles was born in Racine, December 31, 1924, son of the late David Hopkins and Elizabeth Inez (nee: Rowlands) Davies and had been a lifelong resident.

He graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1943.” During World War II, Chuck proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Knox stationed in the South Pacific. On September 4, 1948, he married the love of his life, Rosemary LaFrania, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Chuck was employed with the Racine Fire Department from January 1953 until January 1985, when he retired as Captain. He was a member of the City of Racine 20-Year Club, the Ridgerunner Square Dance Club, and the Dividend Club. In his younger years he loved fast pitch baseball and pitched for City League Teams. Chuck had a lifelong passion for table tennis and as a senior he became Wisconsin State Champion and Arizona State Champion in the same year for his age group. Through the years Chuck enjoyed camping, traveling, winters in Arizona, but it was his time spent with his family, especially the bicycle trail trips and the canoe trip on the Wisconsin River, that gave him the most pleasure. He will be deeply missed.

Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Rosemary; his children, Dennis (Laura) Davies of Minneapolis, MN, Gwen (Jim) Daly, Peggy (Mike) Konieczko all of Racine; six grandchildren, Ryan and Alex Davies, Matthew and Katie Daly, Kevin and Sarah Konieczko; a great-granddaughter, Lauren Daly; his brothers, David W. Davies and N. Owen (Dorothy) Davies; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Nancy (David) Kading, Barbara (Chris) Valley, Wayne LaFrania; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, Chuck was also preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Betty Davies and his aunt Mabel Rowlands.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Hospice Alliance, Alzheimer’s Association or to the Harmony Club c/o Lincoln Lutheran Services have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Parkside Manor, to Dawn and the Harmony Club, the Home Linc helpers, and Hospice Alliance for all of their loving and compassionate care.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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