Charles E. “Chuck” Vsetecka, age 96, of Victoria, KS, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018 at Via Christi Village-Hays.
He was born on July 10, 1922 in Sargent, NE to Frank and Rose (Seda) Vsetecka. On August 27, 1946 he was united in marriage to Estelle M. Schmidtberger. To this union they had three children. Estelle passed away on May 1, 1976 after 29 years of marriage. Chuck then found love again and married Leona J. (Herrman)-Schuckman on June 17, 1977. To this union brought four step-children. Leona passed away on November 6, 2018 after 41 years of marriage.
Chuck retired as a Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) from the United States Air Force. He enlisted during World War II and also served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was very proud of his military career. After retirement from the military, he was a Crop Adjuster for the Cimarron Insurance Company. He enjoyed farming as well as assisting area farmers with their crop insurance needs. Chuck was an avid gardener. His backyard would be full of fruits and vegetables during the summer and fall months. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and would spend time dancing to polka music at the dance halls on the weekends. Above all, Chuck admired his family. From family barbeques and holidays, he loved being around his family and enjoying a cold beverage. His grandchildren would always refer to him as, “PoPo.” He will be dearly missed by his family.
Chuck’s memberships included, The Basilica of St. Fidelis Catholic Church, VFW Post #1751 & past Post Commander, Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree and Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly all of Victoria. He was a member of the American Legion of Hays and a member of AFA-Air Force Association. He served on the City of Victoria from 1980-1987.
Survivors include one son, Charles F. Vsetecka of Almena, KS; two daughters, Cheryl McNamara of Bonner Springs, KS and Michelle Schuckman and her husband Dominic of Newton, KS; two step-sons, Dominic Schuckman and his wife Michelle of Newton, KS and Samuel Schuckman of Ashville, NC; two step-daughters, Theresa Wasinger and her husband John of Hays and Martha Boardman and her husband Rob of Hays; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and a loving extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Estelle M. Vsetecka and second wife, Leona J. Vsetecka; one brother, Frank “Swede” Vsetecka; three sisters, Rose Pechanec, Bessie Swanek and Mary Cecil.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 A.M., December 19, 2018 at The Basilica of St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria. Burial will follow with military honors provided by the Victoria VFW Post #1751 at St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria.
Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday and from 9:30 to 10:45 A.M., Wednesday, all at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main St. in Victoria.
A combined Victoria VFW, Knights of Columbus 3rd & 4th Degree and Christian Mothers rosary will be recited at 6:30 P.M., followed by a parish vigil service at 7:15 P.M., all at the mortuary on Tuesday. The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 6:30-7:30 P.M.
Memorial contributions can be made in his loving memory to DAV-Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Contributions can be mailed or left with the mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main Street, Victoria, Kansas 67671.
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