OBITUARY

Chuck Chidsey

January 7, 1945May 2, 2022
Obituary of Chuck Chidsey
Chuck Chidsey, age 77, of Milford, Michigan passed away suddenly on Monday, May 2, 2022. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Chris (Wilkinson), their two daughters, Heather Bartels (Chidsey) and Allison Voss (Chidsey), two sons-in-law he loved like his own, Brandon Bartels and Chris Voss, and two grandchildren who brought him endless joy, Grant (6) and Luke (4) Bartels. He will be reunited in eternal resting peace with his parents, Fred and Helen Chidsey, brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Judy Chidsey. Chuck will forever be remembered for his larger-than-life personality, and he loved to be the life of the party. Any room he walked into was a new opportunity to tell his jokes and meet new friends. He loved to make people laugh, would give the shirt off his back to anyone, committed to dedicating endless hours to the community and his church, and was proud to have served aboard the USS Pickaway APA-222 with the United States Navy. Chuck would spend hours daily making phone calls or sending emails to family and friends hoping to bring a smile, making someone’s day or just checking in to make sure you were doing okay. His passions for life were his family, his friends, the AMVETS, muscle cars and street rods, especially his 1933 Ford Sedan he had been restoring for over 40 years. Chuck had an endless vault of knowledge and was forever trying to figure out how to improve things. He was proud of his wife and family, his daughters’ accomplishments, being Papa to his grandsons, and knowing his sons-in-law were protecting his daughters the way he always had. He met his wife Chris on a blind date where they went bowling 56 years ago and she was the light of his life. They cherished their time together to the absolute fullest and achieved a major accomplishment of visiting all 50 states. Some of their fondest memories together were spent in the car speeding in his treasured Dodge Challenger (that Chris was only allowed to drive once) to visit his family in Wisconsin and New Jersey, traveling Route 66 across the country turning strangers into friends and most recently, recreating their honeymoon on their 50th wedding anniversary. Anyone who knew Chuck knew his love for music, especially the blues, Jimmy Buffet, Rolling Stones, and “Mustang Sally,” while dancing those classic Chuck dance moves. He was the hardest working man who instilled his work ethic and drive to his daughters. Chuck would rather do the work himself than pay someone to do it. If you were to stop by the dream home that he built, chances are he was working in the yard, was restoring his hotrod, enjoying a Guiness while sitting in front of the pond with Chris, or building wiring harnesses in the basement. Veterans held a very special place in his heart and he was determined to help every veteran understand their available resources. Chuck was so impressed by the Michigan War Dog Memorial mission that he would share its cause with everyone. He was very honored to display his patriotism walking in the Milford parades and sharing comradery with other service members. When it came to food, Chuck’s fries needed to be extra hot, his salads were doused in pepper, he loved onions and garlic and he would suggest putting those on his cereal the next day. He was truly a kind and special man with a heart of gold who loved performing acts of kindness for others daily. Chuck faced many serious health setbacks, but he still somehow had the motto, “Everyday I wake up looking down on the grass is a good day. If you think you’re having a bad day, try not having one.” He will be missed tremendously and has left a lasting legacy for all those who knew him. Gathering of family and friends from 3-8 pm, Monday, May 9, 2022 with a Rosary Service at 7 pm at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152. The Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11 am EST (viewing at 10 am) at St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 1955 E Commerce St, Milford, MI 48381. For those unable to attend, the funeral will be live-streamed at https://www.stmarymilfordmi.org/. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Michigan War Dog Memorial, Inc, https://mwdm.org/index.php.

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Past Services

Monday, May 09, 2022

Visitation

Monday, May 09, 2022

Rosary Service

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

In state

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Funeral Mass