Charles Paul (Chuck) Wilcox, 74, of Waukesha passed away unexpectedly at Waukesha Memorial Hospital Sunday, March 14.
Chuck was born Nov. 11, 1946 to Herbert and Gertrude Wilcox in Racine, WI. The family moved to Waukesha when he was 5 and other than his time in the Marine Corp he lived in Waukesha the rest of his life. He enlisted in the Marine Corp at 17 immediately after graduating from Waukesha High School. He played hockey during his high school years and was invited to try out for the 1968 U.S. Olympic team.
His service to his country as a Marine Corp radio telegraph operator was very important to him and being a Former Marine a point of pride for the remainder of his life. After completing his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968, Chuck returned to Waukesha. He attended UW Waukesha for 2 years and got a job at Alloy Products in Waukesha where he worked for 30 years first as a draftsman and then in inventory control. In 2000 he was hired by Weil Pump in Cedarburg as the head of inventory control and procurement.
Chuck was a well-known and respected umpire for the City of Waukesha Park Rec softball for more than 30 years. He met Joyce Diane Rogers on the ball diamond in 1979, she was pitching and he was the umpire. They were married on October 10, 1980.
In retirement, Chuck spent his time working on his extensive stamp collection, taking drives around the city and walking around his neighborhood where he would stop and chat with everyone he met. He also collected McDonald’s Disney Happy Meal toys, his grandchildren’s favorite collection. Chuck and Joyce enjoyed visiting zoos - every out-of-town vacation included a trip to the closest zoo.
Chuck will be deeply missed by his wife, daughters Katie Allar (John) and Jessie Wilcox (Manuel Maibach), grandchildren Ali and Davy Allar, mother-in-law Ruth Rogers, siblings Nancy Wilcox, David (Bonnie), Dan (Denise), and Tim (Sue) along with many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
An in-person service for immediate family members only will be held Sunday March 21 at 1:00 pm. The service will also be broadcast live on FM 87.9 in the church parking lot, Faith Springs Presbyterian Church, N13 W28771 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee, WI 53072. For others who would like to view the service remotely, it will be live-streamed at https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/86710068
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home is serving the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Milwaukee Zoological Society would be appreciated.
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