Obituary for Charles C. Isely III

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Charles C Isely III, CCE
Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Charles Christian Isely III of La Crosse, Wisconsin, formerly of Waukegan, Illinois, passed away at Hillview Health Care Center on January 1, 2018.
Known as “Trey” to his family, and “Chuck” to his friends, he was born August 30, 1931 in Dodge City, Kansas to Charles C. Isely, Jr. and Mildred (Loshbough) Isely. After growing up in Missouri and Kansas he went to the University of Missouri in Columbia. While there, he pledged Lambda Chi Alpha and met a fellow classmate, Patricia Schafer. After graduation, and being commissioned in the United States Army, he and Pat married December 19, 1953 in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
During his five years of full time military service they moved to and from posts in Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri, and spent three years in Worms, Germany. When the young couple returned to Columbia Chuck decided to stay in the Army Reserve but was looking at other options for a full time career. As part of this exploration, he attended a meeting of Chamber of Commerce professionals with his father who was then the manager of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
He then began his own career with the Chamber of Commerce in a small southern Illinois town. He spent most of his life in Illinois; moving his family to ever larger communities to serve other Chambers of Commerce, ending with almost forty years in Waukegan, Illinois. As a member of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, he earned the organization’s coveted Certified Chamber Executive certification.
Chuck continued to serve in the Army Reserve. Weekend drills and summer training camps to keep up his skills as an artillery officer until he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after over twenty years in the reserves.
Chuck was active in Rotary International for many years, as well as many other civic and economic development causes. As an Eagle Scout himself, wherever he want Chuck volunteered with local Boy Scout Councils and eventually received the Silver Beaver Award. In addition to community service, he was very active in his church in various leadership roles.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Patricia, his daughters Megan Isely and Holly (Tom) Gorman, two grandchildren, two brothers, and nieces, nephews, and cousins. His family wishes to thank all of the staff at Hillview for their kind and compassionate care, most especially the 700 wing.
His memorial service will be at Christ Episcopal Church in La Crosse on January 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. before the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hillview Health Care Center, 3501 Park Lane Drive, La Crosse, Wisconsin, earmarked for a hospice room in the memory care area or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17 Chicago, Illinoia 60601-7633 , , contact for donations: 1.800.272.3900 or A private family internment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.