Charles “Chuck” Felinski, age 73, of Huntley, passed away surrounded by loving family on December 17, 2019. He was born in Germany on March 17, 1946 to his loving parents, Tadeusz and Anastasia Felinski (Targon).
Chuck graduated from Chicago’s Kelvyn Park High School. Following graduation he enlisted as an infantryman in the U.S. Army.
Chuck served two deployments in the Vietnam War with the 1st Batallion, 8th Calvary. Following his service as an infantryman, he worked as a recruiter in Chicago for several years.
During the course of his service, Chuck was awarded the following military awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Badge (M-16) and Meritorious Service Medal.
Although he rarely discussed the details of his time at war, Chuck was very proud of his 20 years and 5 days of military service.
Chuck met the love of his life, Amelia, on the boardwalk at Carolina Beach in North Carolina. He had just returned from Vietnam and was stationed at Fort Bragg. After a night of dancing, Chuck convinced Amelia to hand over her driver’s license when they parted for the evening, so he had the assurance she would see him again. After that night, they were inseparable, and later married in South Carolina, sharing nearly 49 years together.
The two raised three children as they traveled across the country with Chuck’s military service, which took them to North Carolina, Tennessee and Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The family returned to Chicago to be near Chuck’s parents, and Chuck took a local Army recruiter position. After retiring from the Army, Chuck entered the private sector, working as a JROTC Instructor at Steinmetz High School in Chicago. Chuck and Amelia lived in Jefferson Park, Streamwood, and following Chuck’s retirement from Steinmetz High School, he and Amelia moved to Elgin and ultimately joined the Del Webb Community in Huntley.
Loved ones will remember Chuck as a kind, mild-mannered man who was calm in the face of adversity. He cherished time with his family, and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He was a man of strong Christian faith and a dedicated member of Willow Creek Church.
Chuck was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Bears and Notre Dame Football. He enjoyed playing cards and games of all kinds. He also loved to play the slots and horse racing both harness and thoroughbred.
Chuck is survived by his loving wife, Amelia Ruth Felinski; children Anna (Mike) Ten Hoven, Angela Darrow, and Amanda J. (Scott) Walczak; sister Bernice (Phil) Affrunti; grandchildren Henry Tucker and McKenna Jean Walczak; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 5:00-9:00p.m with service and military honors at 7:00p.m. Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin IL 60120, Rev. John Scott of Crosspoint Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to True Patriots Care, www.truepatriotscare.com.