Charles Donald Steck

  • Born: March 20, 1928
  • Died: June 22, 2018
  • Location: Oswego, Illinois

Healy Chapel

370 Division Dr
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Tel. (630) 466-1330

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charles Donald Steck, age 90 of Oswego, Illinois, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2018. He was born March 20, 1928 in a Ford Model T, on the Springbrook Farm in Naperville, Illinois. A story he cherished and loved to share.

He was the first-born son of Doyle and Esther (Hollingsworth) Steck. He grew up on a farm in Naperville, where he went to school and became a key player for the Redskins at Naperville High School, which earned him a scholarship to attend and play football at University of California in Ventura for the Pirates. While in Ventura he joined the Ventura Fire Department as a Firefighter. He later served four years in the Army National Guard.

Charles later met his loving wife, Patricia (Plum) Steck and married on September 23, 1950, at the Community Baptist Church in Warrenville, Illinois. They settled in Warrenville for over 20 years before moving to Oswego, Illinois, where they lived over 40 years. Charles retired as a bricklayer.

He loved spending time traveling with his family, including trips to Arizona, Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii and several family reunions in Florida, where his grandson and family reside. One of his favorite trips was the white-water rafting down the Colorado River with his daughter and son-in-law. Charles loved adventures and instilled this passion of adventure in his family. When not traveling, Charles' hobbies included genealogy, hiking, gardening, science, painting, and many other projects he loved to do in the home for family and friends.

Charles is survived by his loving wife Patricia; daughter, Deborah (Kenneth) Johnson; grandchildren, Kevin (Amanda) Johnson, Carrie (Nicholas) Ewald; great grandchildren, Gunnar, Alexander, Genevieve, Jillian; siblings, Robert (Shirley) Steck, and Marilyn Grewe. He will be greatly missed by all.

Preceded in death by his parents, Doyle and Esther; siblings, Carolyn Jean (Donald) Sigmund, Rosemary (George) Kouzes and Robert Grewe.

A celebration of Charles's rich life will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554 with a visitation one hour prior to services. A graveside service will follow at 2 PM at Naperville Cemetery, Naperville, IL.

Memorials may be made to Bishop Grady Villas at


Condolence & Memory Journal

So very sorry for your loss . Just a great guy ... loved his family and those around him .... wish I could have been there with family ...

Posted by Rodney Gabehart - Largo, FL - Family   June 28, 2018

Have so many childhood memories of Chuck. I remember helping his daughter cook him dinner. I remember camping with him, Debbie and Pat Steck. He always seemed such a gentle soul. He had the broadest shoulders of any man I had ever seen! He always seemed so delighted when anyone did something for him. Debbie, Pat, sorry for your loss.

Posted by Mary Joslin - Wheaton, IL - Friend   June 25, 2018

We at Conococheague Institute in PA will surely miss Chuck and all his hard work on the Steck cemetery and genealogy. What a wonderful man. So glad we got to know him. My condolences to all the family and friends.

Posted by Mary S Hartman - Mercersburg [Welsh Run], PA - Acquaintance   June 25, 2018

We were lucky to have gotten to know Chuck when we lived close to Deb and Ken on Twin Lakes, WI. What a wonderful man Chuck is and we know he will be missed by many including us. Sending our prayers to his whole family and you are in our thoughts. Chuck you are a special man and have a wonderful daughter in Deb.

Posted by Peter & Mary Braatz - Neshkoro, WI - Friend   June 23, 2018

My Uncle Charlie, we will miss you. I couldn't of asked for a better Uncle,and Godfather. You always had something interesting to talk about, and always kept us on our toes. How Lucky we were to have You in our Life.
You are in a Beautiful place now, and free from pain. I know that you are greeted with so many Loving Open Arms. May you Rest In Peace, and know God is with you.

Posted by Susan Carpenter (Kouzes) - Peachtree City, GA - Family   June 23, 2018

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