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Charles "Chuck"

Charles "Chuck" Lawrence Burns

October 6, 2022

Wautoma

The last checkered flag for Charles Lawrence Burns (Chuck) waved on October 6, 2022.

Throughout your life you had achieved so many things and were inspirational to many. You had a love for racing and one of the strongest competitive spirits throughout your entire life. Whether racing in your first 1947 Chevrolet Business Coupe on the streets of Oshkosh, stock car, or snowmobile racing, you always had your eye on the finish line.

You retired from Rockwell International after 30 years and always stayed busy. Throughout your life, your competitive spirit shone through! Whether running marathons or other races with your daughter, helping your boys and granddaughter with motorcycle races at Elkhart Lake, attending Packer games as a season ticket holder or going to Nascar races and Road America, you were always there cheering us (or your team) on. You loved attending sporting events for your grandkids be it baseball, football, or basketball. Your love and support were constant and your love for us was apparent.

You loved anything with a motor and that carried through in your boating adventures on Lake Winnebago, snowmobile racing with the Tri Par team or just driving fast in your car!  You often said, “Go fast and turn left,” or “Keep one foot on the brake and one on the gas!”  Always an adventurer, you spent time on the Island of Crete in Greece where you lived for 6 months!

You leave a legacy of mentorship and were recognized on numerous occasions by several organizations for your dedication, time, and talent. You enjoyed teaching Fit for Life at the Oshkosh YMCA and received an honorary Black belt in Taekwondo from the Oshkosh United Martial Arts (OUMA).   

Your passion for snowmobiling was featured in various magazines, most recently in the Vintage Snowmobile Magazine. You were recognized by Tri Par as the first driver to drive your sled on snow and grass for them, as well as for the 1976 Mercury Sno Twister you restored over the course of many years and most recently you celebrated and were recognized at the Tri Par racing reunion this last August. You were inspirational to all those who you helped at the Kids Kart Club and spent many hours with the kids helping them build the karts to compete.

Your were preceded death by your biological parents Charles and Catherine "Ceal" Herman and parents Anton and Sophie (Gorny) Burns. 

Your children Shari (Ryan) Resch, Dan (Lori) Burns, Cindy Doberstein and Mark (Julie) Burns mourn your passing but celebrate your legacy. Further survivors include grandchildren Jack Resch, Brennen Resch, Joleigh Resch, Dani Jo Burns, Eric (Shannon) Doberstein, Calli Doberstein, Ethan Burns and Natalie Burns and Mike (Erin) Gau as well as great grandchildren Madysen and Brayden Gau, Arwyn Lauteschlager and Mya and Maci Doberstein. Very special friends Amber Nikolai, Logan Nikolai and Michael Burt will also greatly miss your presence in their lives.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Atassi and his wonderful Nurse Sara for helping Chuck through his cancer treatment and the Hospice Staff at Cherry Meadows.

In Lieu of Flowers please consider a donation in memory to Kids Kart Club in Chuck’s memory. 

A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held Thursday October 27, 2022, from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at Waverly Beach, N8770 Fire Lane 1, Menasha WI 54952.

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