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Charles E. Arends

December 17, 1933 March 23, 2018
Charles E. Arends
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Charles E. Arends, age 84, a 60 year resident of River Forest passed away on March 23, 2018. Chuck was born on December 17, 1933 in Edmond, OK to the late Wade and Edwina Arends. He received a full scholarship for wrestling from Northwestern University. In between college years he served with the U.S. Army in Germany and returned to graduate from Northwestern in 1959. He married Nancy Holland in 1957. Shortly thereafter they moved to River Forest. Chuck worked for many years in logistics for Chicago Diatetic and most recently Leaf Confectionary in Chicago before his retirement. He was a longtime member of the River Forest Tennis Club and the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest. Chuck also loved fishing, hunting, and watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy, his children, Mary-Kirk (Robert) Reyff of Trophy Club, TX, Virginia (Robert) Palmer of Jonestown, Pa, Chuck (Susan) of Mokena, IL and Dan (Sue) Arends of River Forest, IL; cherished grandfather of Kristy (Kyle) Wasser and Ryan Arends, Heather (Bryan) Welesko, Kelly (Luke) Kirsh and Ryan (Stephanie) Palmer, Brittney (Steve) Berryman, and DJ, Taylor and John Arends; great-grandfather of Tatton, Ruben, Ellen and Gwen, and Charlie and Jack; dear brother of Kathryn Arends and the late Wade (MaryLou) and Phillip Arends; fond uncle of many. A memorial service is scheduled for Monday April 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, 7551 Quick Ave., River Forest, IL. Private interment Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago. In lieu of flowers, donations to Special Olympics of Illinois ( are appreciated.

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2:00 PM 4/2/2018 2:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 4/2/2018 3:00:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church - River Forest

7551 Quick Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305

First Presbyterian Church - River Forest
7551 Quick Avenue River Forest 60305 IL
United States

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Special Olympics of Illinois

605 E. Willow Street
Normal, IL 61761

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