Charles "Chuck" Kester

October 24, 1936 - August 27, 2022


Obituary For Charles "Chuck" Kester

Sun Prairie – Charles “Chuck” Kester, age 85, passed away on August 27, 2022, at the UW Hospital, Madison. He was born on October 24, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois to parents Frank and Elizabeth (Stanbra) Kester.

Chuck joined the Navy in 1955 and served until 1960. He then later moved to Madison, Wisconsin. He married Lucille Schumann in 1961. He retired from the State of Wisconsin in 1994 and spent 10 years of his retirement as a full time RVer volunteering with the USFW in Alaska, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and the lower 48 states.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 61 years Lucille; daughter Regina (Patrick) Maxwell of Cordes Lakes, AZ; grandsons Joshua (Niki) Maxwell and Adam (Jaki) Maxwell both of Mesa, AZ; great grandsons Devon, Brennan, and Aydin of Mesa, AZ; brother-in-law Wayne Schumann; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister Mary; brothers William, Ivan, and Norman; one niece, Norma Jean; and one great nephew, Tony. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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  • 09/02/2022

    I know Lucy from the Rio School. Chuck and Lucy also attended church in Rio. What a great team they were. 61 years together says it all. I am sure he will be missed more than words can say. Prayers are with you! Bonnie Pribbenow

  • 09/02/2022

    Lucy, we have fond memories of Chuck when he worked as a butcher with our dad, Dale. For some reason, us kids called him "Uncle Bulgie" and remember that to this day, although I am not sure why! Condolences to you in your loss. Katie Strmiska Parlier

  • 08/31/2022

    Lucille, your and your family have my prayers and thinking of you. I saw part of his obit. in the Portage Daily Register. I did not know Chuck, but, see he was in the Navy. Too, bad, they didn't have a flag by his obit. Is the Legion going to give Chuck military honors. I hope so. Love cousin Fern Wing Bessac

  • 08/31/2022

    I only met my dad 3 years ago but it was the best 3 years. He was a great man and I miss him so much! Till me meet again daddy. I love you.

  • 08/31/2022

    He was an amazing man, we did so much together, he taught me so many things, we would spend the day together and meet aunt Lucy for lunch, he had a heart of gold, and he meant the world to his great nephew Jase, there will never be anyone as amazing as uncle chuck! Will always be in my heart ❤️

  • 08/31/2022

    I have alot of good memories from sledding to head rubs I will miss our talks and stories of there traveling I love uncle Chuck so much and will miss him greatly

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