Charles was born Nov. 17, 1917, in Chicago. He worked for International Harvester in Evansville, Ind., and had moved to Stevensville, Mich., where he was an engineer in refrigeration for Whirlpool Corp. Later in life, he was transferred to Danville, Ky., and then Springdale. Throughout his life, he had many inventions and patents and retired with his wife, Mildred.
Charles had a life story to share with everyone, and there was never a stranger he did not meet. He had a lot of love and compassion for people and his family and had a smile to share for everyone he knew.
He was also loved and cared for by all who knew him. He ate everyday at his favorite restaurant, Western Sizzler, where the wait staff was his second family. He always bragged of the friendships he developed with them all.
He was an avid golfer in his earlier days, loved to go polka dancing, traveled the world with his wife Mildred, and spent every Christmas holiday with his family and grandkids in St. Joseph, Mich. He also deeply loved his church family at First Assembly of God in Springdale.
His favorite leisure time was tending to his well-groomed lawn and relaxing to his word search puzzle books in the evening and watching Lawrence Welk on Saturday nights as he would dance to the music.
Charles leaves behind his daughter, Joann Evans and husband Keene of St. Joseph, Mich.; three grandchildren, Lenette Evans of St. Joseph, Mich., Keith Evans and wife Laura of Aurora, Ill., and Keene Evans and wife Sandy of Palm Bay, Fla.; three great-grandchildren, Rachael, Ryan and Eric Evans of Aurora, Ill.; his two favorite sisters-in law, Elizabeth “Betty” Bartolich of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Mary Bahorich, of Baltimore, Md.; his best friend, Nola Goodwin of Denton, Texas; and many cats he adored.
Charles was preceded in death by his soul mate and wife, Mildred Sulcek, on Jan. 2, 2005; by his parents, Joseph and Abbie Sulcek; a brother,Theodore; and sisters, Albina, Anne, Katherine and Cecelia.
Charles leaves behind a wonderful legacy for all us and thousands of memories that will never be forgotten.