Charles Lee "Chuck" Kleinschmidt born June 22, 1946, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, died December 30, 2008, from complications of Fabry Disease at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. After graduating from Oshkosh High School and completing his first semester at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Chuck enlisted in the US Naval Hospital Corps School at Great Lakes, Illinois.
He was honorably discharged from the Field Medical Service School, Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Chuck married Janice Babel on August 9, 1969, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In 1973, following military service, he began a career in healthcare at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Illinois; Chuck was the Administrative Director of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging. From 1978 to 1988, he worked as Vice President of Operations at Phoenix Memorial Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1988, he began a 13-year tenure at St. Anthony Medical Center of Crown Point as Vice President of Professional Services. In 2001, Chuck was named Administrator for Cancer Health Treatment Centers in Merrillville, Indiana. He retired in 2007. During his career, Chuck earned both a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in business administration.
Chuck was very active in the community serving on the American College of Health Care Executives, part-time faculty of Calumet College of St. Joseph, board of directors of Southlake Center for Mental Health, President and Board of Directors for the Crown Point Community School Corporation, the YMCA Community Fund Raising Campaign, and other community organizations. The service clubs he belonged to were Kiwanis and Rotary. Chuck was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Beecher, Illinois.
Golf was a passion and after moving back to the Midwest he was able to pursue the sport while being a member of Youche Country Club. However, he was never able to match Janice's success with a hole-in-one. As the disease weakened his body, fishing became a pleasurable hobby.
His parents Don and Helen (Stille) Kleinschmidt preceded him in death. He leaves behind his wife, Janice, of Crown Point; children Andrew (Bobbi) Kleinschmidt of Van Wert, Ohio, and Rebecca (Jon) Dailey of Crown Point; brothers, Robert (Nell) of New York and K. Alan (Kathleen) of San Francisco; sister, Melissa (Ken) Sulich of New Market, Minnesota; grandchildren, William and Erin Kleinschmidt; loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.