|Charles E. "Chuck" Blust, 83, of 1641 W. Waters St. Galesburg, Ill died at 4:00 am Friday, January 13, 2012 at his home.
Chuck was born June 10, 1928, Oakville, Iowa the son of Charles F. and Nellie Lynch Blust. His family moved to Galesburg in 1933, where Chuck attended schools and graduated from Galesburg High school in 1946.
Chuck served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953 and was stationed in Korea. Prior to going into the service he married Mildred Freece. After he got home from Korea he worked for Illinois Power Company for 37 years. Twenty of those years he served as superintendent of the gas storage field in rural Alexis. After the death of Mildred on August 10, 2000, he married Beverly Clark on September 15, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; a daughter, Charlene (Jim) Sandberg of Orland Park, Ill; a son, Jeffery (Cathy) Blust of Galesburg. He is also survived by a granddaughter, Misty Sandberg of Orland Park, Ill and a grandson Erik (Rose Mieczkowski) Sandberg of Chicago, Ill. Also surviving are two step sons, David (Rita) Clark of Oneida, Ill, and Greg (Sue) Clark of Knoxville, Ill; six step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren; a sister Theresa Lindquist of Albuquerqe, NM; a sister-in-law, Audrey Blust of Galesburg and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, four sisters and a step daughter.
His family, woodworking, and his church were his lifelong passions. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church for over 60 years where he served for many years as a trustee. He used his woodworking talents not only in his home and for family members but also in his church. He also loved to fish and in recent years went on several fishing trips with family and friends.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 am Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Faith United Methodist Church. Rev. Norman Mendell will officiate. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 pm Monday, January 16, 2012 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Faith United Methodist Church or Beacon of Hope Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.