Age 83 of Braidwood and formerly of Westchester, Illinois, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020 at Morris Hospital.
Born October 3, 1937 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Charles Owen was a son of Francis “Frank” and Ida Elizabeth (Bolland) Hart. He moved to Westchester at an early age with his family where he was raised and educated. Charlie graduated from Proviso High School with the Class of 1955 and went on to honorably serve in the United States Army. On October 30, 1960, Charlie married Karen Compton in Westchester and together they made their home and raised their family in Westchester until moving to Braidwood after his retirement.
Charlie worked as a lineman for Commonwealth Edison and retired after 37 years of faithful service. He was a charter member of Westchester Community Church; belonged to CECO Recreation Club, where he served on the Board for more than 25 years; was a member of Midwest Street Rod Association (MSRA) and was currently serving on the Council for the City of Braidwood.
One who truly enjoyed being retired, Charlie remained active with various hobbies. He was an avid purist woodworker, who leaves behind countless handmade white oak pieces both big and small. In addition he cherished his 32 Ford 3 window coupe street rod, and took pleasure in being in the yard and gardening. Charlie will be missed over early morning coffee meetings with the guys, and afternoon beers.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Karen; son, David (Tina) Hart of Port Orchard, Washington; two daughters: Julie Hart of Wilmington and Tracy (Jeffrey) Markey of Westchester; eight grandchildren: Katelin (Colt) Monroe of Wilmington, Christine (Damien) O’Brien of Australia, Martin Patrick of Kentucky, Bobby Markey and Olivia Markey, both of Westchester, and Tad Campbell, Zachary Campbell and Hanna Campbell all of Washington; three great grandchildren: Revan, Luke and Anabelle; one brother, Jon (Betty) Hart of Sun City, Arizona; four brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; one niece, Elizabeth (Kevin) Drum and nephew, Peter (Linda) Hart, (in addition to more than 100 nieces and nephews on Karen’s side of the family); numerous great nieces and great nephews, as well as cousins including his cousin Jim Hart of Oquawka, Illinois who was like a brother to Charlie.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Brian Hart on November 5, 2013.
Per Charlie’s wishes, green flameless cremation rites were accorded.
Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, a private family memorial service was held at Coal City United Methodist Church with Reverend Brad Shumaker officiating on November 19, 2020.
Charlie will be laid to rest in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois with full military honors on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. Family and friends wishing to join together for the committal services and honors are welcome to assemble at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 N. Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City beginning at 1:00 p.m. A procession to the cemetery will depart at 1:30 p.m.
Those wishing to participate in the cemetery services virtually are welcome to join the live stream beginning at 2:30 p.m. on June 11, 2021. A link for the event is available on Charlie's memorial page.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Charlie’s memory to Westchester Community Church, 1840 Westchester Blvd, Westchester, IL 60154 or to a charity of the donor’s choosing.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guestbook, upload photographs, join the live stream memorial, and share Charlie’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com/obituary/Charlie-Hart
Green flameless cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125)