Charles “Chuck” Vesel passed away February 15th, 2020 at Fairview Range Medical Center, Hibbing, with his family at his side.
Chuck was born to Ann (Merhar) and John Vesel in Ely, MN on December 28th, 1933. He graduated from Ely High School, attended Ely Community College, until enlisting in the United States Army serving 2 years in the U.S. and Japan. Upon return, he graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in 1961 as an Electrical Engineer. During his time in Milwaukee he met Susan Mason and fell in love. They were married December 30th, 1960 in St. Louis, MO. They started their family in Knoxville, TN where he was employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Chuck, Susan, and family moved to Hibbing in 1964 where he worked for McKee Engineering and a was founding partner in NORAMCO Engineering.
Chuck so enjoyed dancing with Susan at the Elks and Mesabi Country Clubs where he was a member for many years. He loved curling, hunting, golf, and his family. Later in life he enjoyed the morning Curling Club guys joining in a hand of cards and a Danish. Chuck’s favorite place was the cabin on Birch Lake where he spent nearly every weekend, especially tinkering in the “Catshop”, for over 50 years.
He is survived by his wife Susan of nearly 60 years, brother John (Judy) of Northborough, MA, daughter Anne (Rob) Cotter, Duluth, MN, son Michael Vesel, Tulsa, OK, and the lights of his life, his grandchildren Trevor Cotter, Montreal, Quebec, and Anthony Cotter, St. Paul, MN.
Mass of Christian Burial with Military honors following the service will be at 11:00 am on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Hibbing, MN. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Please join Chuck’s family afterward in the St. Leo’s Hall of the Assumption School. In lieu of flowers, donate to your favorite charity keeping Chuck in your heart.
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