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Charles F. Davison
Charles Foster Davison was born the only child to parents who were (unconventionally for the times) both over 40 years old. Miraculously he survived childhood polio relatively unscathed. He was a smart cookie, so much so that he skipped two grades at St John Lutheran School. While quite the precocious child, he managed to outwit his parents and use the money meant for the dentist to go to the movies.
He went to U of I for a year, but decided it wasn’t for him. A self-taught mechanical engineer, he proudly held several patents from which he received the generous sum of $1 each. Chuck and Sondra also had owned and operated two UPS Stores.
In his early 20s he drove the streets of Lake Geneva in his hot rod (missing half the floorboards) where he met the love of his life, Sondra Kjenstad Davison. They had two pains in the neck daughters, Julie (husband William) Davison Fitzpatrick and Kathy (husband Douglas) Davison Pitelka, who continued to challenge them from a young age through the teen years. While he seemed stern and authoritarian, underneath he was a teddy bear. His girls had him wrapped around their little fingers and never received any real punishments.
Chuck loved the outdoors and instilled this love in his daughters. He was a keen fisherman, gun enthusiast, and camper. In fact, his girls learned their first of many swear words listening to him try to back up and park their StarCraft pop-up camper.
He really loved football, especially the Bears and more recently The Packers. While living in Crivitz, WI he could equally support both teams and enjoy a few cold ones at Dockside Bar.
A world traveler, some of the places he visited included Japan, Costa Rica, and much of Europe. He loved speaking Spanish and tried it wherever he went with mixed reviews…most notably Germany and Nepal. He visited most of the 50 states, but his favorites were Wisconsin and Colorado.
He had a voracious appetite for reading and it was difficult to keep enough books on hand for him. Chuck had quirky eating habits and enjoyed escargot as much as Ramen noodles or Spam.
While he might have been frugal with trivial things, he was extremely generous with money and his time with family and friends. His grandkids Jacob and Prapti (Bhandary) Fitzpatrick, Christopher Pitelka, Dana (Fitzpatrick)and Robert Fiandra, Jonathan Pitelka, Taylor (Pitelka) and Zack Burse, and Rachel Fitzpatrick were all taught gun safety and respect and always felt loved by him.
Quite the comedian, Chuck would always be quick with…Did I tell you the one about…a blond or un-politically correct joke and deliver the punchline with perfect timing, met with groans and giggles.
His nickname was Charlie Brown and only his mother could call him Chuckie. He was a one in a million, kind, funny, super intelligent husband, father, grandfather, and friend. They broke the mold with him, and he will be dearly missed. Heaven has gained a gun-slinging superstar who went out with a bang-bang.
A private family celebration of Charles’ life will be held at a later date.
Cards may be sent to:
The Davison Family
4425 DuBois Boulevard
Brookfield, IL 60513
I first met Chuck with John, who would become my husband. I fondly remember pheasant hunting, recalling John telling me if I heard a loud boom and saw a puff of smoke, it was Chuck firing his black powder rifle. And sure enough it happened! Down went the pheasant too. Chuck and Sondra became great friends to me, even more so when I lost John. We spent endless hours on the porch of their Wisconsin home enjoying family tales, Chucks bad jokes, and many, many snacks and dinners together. A voyage on the African Queen was a summertime treat! Thank you Chuck! You were one in a million and I am so grateful I got to know you.
Lynn Gagala Klima Jan 4 2022 2:30 PM
So sad to hear that Chuck has passed away. I remember him from our Cam Twister auto club days. I think he even gave me some parts for my 51 Ford. A lot of fond memories. Also being a neighbor in the next block on DuBois for many years. My prayers are with his family.
John Kutska Jan 1 2022 5:04 PM
Chuck was a great winter neighbor in Ocean City, Md. He and Sondra were great to have here. I am so sorry for your loss he was a funny guy. It was my pleasure to help during the first year of Covid. He will be missed and I am praying for you and your family. God bless you all.
Barbara Osborn Dec 27 2021 1:11 PM
So sorry For your Loss, Your Father sounded Like an amazing Husband, father and Grandfather. May he rest in Peace
Christine Greve Dec 27 2021 10:28 AM
I met Chuck in the summer of 1986 joining him with Greg and Eileen Hurt on a Canadian fishing trip .Chuck taught me how to filet a fish . He taught me out of necessity because as he said someone else has to learn how to do this,because Im not about to clean all the fish we catch every day! Since that trip I have never lost the ability to filet a fish , and I will never forget the adventure we all shared together. May he now rest In Peace .
Jim Bossier Dec 24 2021 8:12 AM
Our hearts go out to all of you. We love you very much !!!!! John lisa haley jenna jack and sam uckerman Big xoxos
Lisa A Uckerman Dec 23 2021 8:46 PM
I was very sad to hear about Chucks passing and would like to extend my deepest condolences to all. He was a wonderful man who took me along on multiple family vacations which instilled a love of travel in me. The trips out West and to Canada are some of the fondest memories I have of my youth. He taught me everything he knew about fishing which remains a hobby of mine today. He introduced myself and a whole group of friends to the Northwoods of Crivitz.area where we spent many days fishing and just having a blast. He also taught my family firearm safety and how to shoot. I could literally write a book on our adventures together and will always be grateful for how he helped shape my life. Ill raise a glass to him tonight and wish him Godspeed, straight shooting and tight lines on his journey to the afterlife.
Greg Hurt Dec 23 2021 2:44 PM