Charles H. Detra

July 2, 1930January 4, 2013
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Charles H. Detra, 82, of Loves Park, passed away on January 4 at OSF St. Anthony Hospital, surrounded by his family. Born on July 2, 1930 in Morrison, he was the son of Ralph and Leona (Longeneker) Detra. He married Geraldine Lungstrom on January 15, 1955 in Belvidere.

A United States Navy Veteran, Charles was an Insurance Salesman for many years. He was also long time member of Grace Lutheran Church and had a love for gardening and doing lawn work.

His survivors include his wife of 57 years, Geraldine Detra; daughters, Susan (Ron) Northrup and Bonnie (Frank) Cassata; son, Mike (Karen) Detra; grandsons, Mike Cassata, Mark Cassata, and Kyle Northrup; granddaughter, Jessica O’Brien; brother, Howard Detra of Dodgeville, WI; and a sister, Edith Crandel of Bella Vista, Ark.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Leona Detra; brother, Jerry Detra; sisters, Doris Hartman, Beth Chapman, and Mary McRae.

Funeral service, 2 p.m. Thursday, January 10, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park. Pastor Brent Dahlseng will be officiating. Visitation, 12 p.m. to time of service at the funeral home. Interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be submitted at


  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Tom Riffle

January 14, 2013

Geraldine and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. You and Charles were good friends of my mom and dad (Rose + Burt). I remember with fond memories being at y'all's house as a kid and Chuck playing his accordian, and telling us his stories.
May GOD give you comfort in your time of loss.

January 11, 2013

Chuck was a great neighbor and a real gentleman. He will be truly missed. The Boehms-Russ, Lenore, Carl, Brenda, Mike

Joanne Hammack

January 11, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. I remember so many fun times at your house with the family. Chuck had such a sence of humor and had us laughing so many times and then of course the girls baby sat for us. We are in Fla or we would have been there. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.


January 9, 2013

We miss you:'(!!! Sorry for your loss!!! Youwere the best uncle ever!!!

John, Helen, Jazmin, and Gabi McRae

January 9, 2013

we miss you!!! we know your with God in heaven!!! We love you!!!!!?:'(

Teresa Mason-Reeverts

January 9, 2013

Chuck Detra was my parents insurance man for years and when he would come for some business it was more like an uncle coming to catch up! I have such fond memories of his laughter and teasing. The world has lost a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with the Detra family.

Kathaleen Rust

January 9, 2013

God bless and comfort all who knew uncle Chuck- Kathaleen Rust; daughter of Sharon and granddaughter of Doris

Barbara & Darwin Walk

January 9, 2013

Sue & Ron our sincere sympathy in the loss of your father! Our prayers for the family during this difficult time. May God our father hold all close in folds of his loving embrace!

gina stevens

January 9, 2013

To the Detra Family, was sad to see your loss. I remember what a great guy your dad was and wonderful family you were to live next to. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Chuck & Chris Lungstrom

January 9, 2013

Aunt Geraldine and Family.... Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We are so sorry for the loss of Uncle Chuck. Always with a smile on his face and quick with a laugh. He will live on in the hearts of those he touched, for life is eternal and love is immortal and nothing loved is ever lost. Angels are near those who grieve to whisper that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.