Charles W. “Chuck” Wiese, 68, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Geneseo, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, with his wife, daughter and son by his side. Funeral services celebrating his life will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15 at Grace United Methodist Church, in Geneseo. The Rev. Melva England will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation will be one hour (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) prior to the services at the church. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, in Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Charles was born April 11, 1947, in Geneseo, the son of Wilbur and Louise (Yager) Wiese. He was a graduate of Geneseo High School. He met his wife, Filomena, in Chicago, and they were married in April of 1969. He joined the Air Force and was a weaponry mechanic stationed at Clark Air Force Base, north of Manila. He was later stationed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in 1971, where he began and completed his degree in accounting at the University of Arizona. He began working at a job-training program in Sells and later moved to the Tohono O’Odham Utility Authority. He started in their accounting department and worked his way up to general manager. He retired in 2012, after more than 25 years at TOUA.
He survived a liver transplant on Feb. 29, 2008, and was able to enjoy seven years traveling with his wife and spending time with his grandchildren. He appreciated classic cars, was fond of reading war novels, going to sprint car races, and could make (and drink) a great margarita. Most of all, Chuck cherished time spent with family. He would travel near and far, from Kentucky to Australia, for the opportunity to sit and chat, reminisce, and tell jokes with the people he loved.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Filomena; daughter, Rita; son, Andy; daughter-in-law, Regan; grandchildren, Charlie and Nora; and brothers, James Wiese and Robert Wiese; sister, Ann Toadvine; and their children.