A man who was always prepared. A man who was never late for a thing a day in his life. A man who lived 93 years to its fullest. A true gentleman.
Chuck was born at home in Cropsey, IL on March 10th but due to the distance to the county seat his birth was not recorded until March 19th, 1928. Charles Stanley was named after his Grandfather and Father, but his mother always wanted to name him Jimmy, so when he was born she called him Jimmy. To many friends and family in Illinois he is still known as Jim. He was the second youngest of seven children, raised on a farm by his widowed mother after the death of his father when Chuck was just two years old.
Born in 1928, he lived through the Great Depression and was just a young teenager when World War II was underway. He has lived through 17 Presidents, three stock market crashes, satellites launching to space, a man walking on the moon, the birth of personal computers, cell phones, and the Internet. Grandpa Chuck was Google before Google existed. He was a math magician, a history book, and a problem solver anytime you needed one. He was a good listener, but sure was a talker and always had a good joke.
He was a very active and social young man. When Chuck raised his five children in Joliet, IL., he was active in their many school activities including Boy Scouts. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Chuck worked for a long time at Al Baskin's Men's Clothing Store, Caterpillar Tractor, CW Transport, and finally retired from Consolidated Papers. After retirement, he spent his summers camping at CERA Park where he became the park administrator a.k.a. enforcer of the speed limit. Later in retirement, he and Shirley enjoyed their winters in Melbourne, FL.
Chuck loved to travel, whether it was showing horses with his daughter Sandy (Dirk) Schmidt, or visiting family; he and Shirley often spent weeks at a time traveling the country in their fifth wheel, visiting his children and their families; Ivy (Michael) Thomas of Conroe, TX; Cindy (Thomas) Schmitt of Morris, IL; David (Cathy) Cumpston of Springfield, IL; James (Kathy, Deceased) of Joliet, IL and Joe (Tina) of Colorado Springs, CO.
Chuck had 13 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren. He also had many special friends including John and Mary Correll, Don Bielfeldt (brother-in-law), Misty and the staff at Misty's Menu, Ed, Kay, JJ, Lori, and all his friends at Boone Saloon, and Denise, a special friend and bus driver who took him to visit Shirley for the last two years.
On November 12th Chuck was reunited with his sweetheart, Shirley, in eternal rest. We lost Shirley in November of 2020 and he missed her dearly. Grandpa Chuck would often tell people, I am the way I am because Shirley made me this way, a true gentleman. Chuck cared for Shirley for years while her health declined due to Alzheimer's until 2018 when she went to an assisted living home. He still made sure to visit her multiple times each week and sit and hold her hand, even when she couldn't find the works to speak. If you ask him, he would tell you he knew what true love really felt like.
He was the last surviving of 7 siblings and is also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, and grandson, Shannon.
Services for Chuck and Shirley Cumpston will take place December 3rd, 2021 at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home. Friends and family are invited to visit from 3-6pm and a service will take place at 6pm. Friends and family are invited to share memories and enjoy food as we celebrate the lives of Chuck and Shirley together.
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