Charles “Chuck” E. Walkner

Resided in Cornell, Michigan
Died June 5th, 2019

Charles E. “Chuck” Walkner, 76, of Cornell, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

Chuck was born on July 9, 1942 in Mattoon, WI., son of William and Mary (Oestreich) Walkner. He was raised in Mattoon WI. And graduated from Mattoon High School. The family later moved to Two Rivers WI. Where he was employed for a time at Hamilton Manufacturing, before going on to Oshkosh Technical College. Later he earned a degree in Forestry from Michigan Tech University.

On August 28, 1966, Chuck enlisted in the Army National Guard, serving until his honorable discharge in 1971.

Chuck married Iona Kearns on April 8, 1967, at St. Joseph Church. Together they celebrated 52 years of marriage and raised their two children.

He worked for Sawyer Stoll then Mead Paper as a forester until his retirement in 2000.

Chuck enjoyed being outdoors for both work and recreation. His work contributed not only to the forest products industry, but also furthered sustainable forestry in ways that will be seen for generations. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Among survivors are his wife, Iona of Cornell; children, Chuck (Janet) Walkner of Gladstone and Diane (Tom) Jones of St. Peters, MO.; step grandchildren, Michelle and Miguel; and siblings, William, Robert, Dorothy, Mary and Kathleen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his brother John and sister Lucille.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 at Crawford Funeral Home 302 South 13th Street, Escanaba from 4 to 7 p.m. Parish prayers will be said at 7 p.m. by Rev. Francis Dobrzenski. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday June 11th at Holy Family Church in Flat Rock at 11 a.m. with Rev. Francis Dobrzenski officiating. Burial will take place in Bark River Cemetery immediately following the Mass.

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7 Tributes to “Charles “Chuck” E. Walkner”

  1. Diane, I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing.

  2. Chuck was a great friend & neighbor……we’ll miss his humor & the time he spent teaching us about farm life, cider making & the maple syrup process. Remember we’re here to help you, Kay!

  3. so sorry,
    I am one of Frank’s kids, Joe and Jim have died also, Just me and Pat
    I remember visiting in Mattoon as kids and the things we learned from the big kids there
    Chuck was always nice to us even though we were a bother ( I am sure)

  4. so sorry for all of you
    I am Frank’s daughter. used to visit in Mattoon when we were kids, Charlie as we called him then was always nice to us younger cousins

  5. Charlie you will be missed
    we sure had some great times together sorry we didnt stay in touch more
    from the motorcycle rides to the tavern stops and you standing up for our wedding
    to Charlies family you are in our prayers

  6. I have so many fond memories as a child traveling to Michigan for the weekend! Uncle Charlie, Aunt Kay, Chuckie, and Putt always made sure we had wonderful country adventures being city kids! Uncle Chaz your contagious smile and cute laugh will never be forgotten. Hugs to you Aunt Kay, Chuckie, and Diane. ❤️

  7. Searching the web for old classmates. Sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. Played basketball and baseball at Mattoon High School together.

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