Chuck "Chaz" Roepke, husband of Marlene, age 86, of Winthrop passed away Friday, December 30, 2022, at his home in Winthrop.
Memorial Service will be Thursday, January 5, 2023, 12 Noon at Peace Lutheran Church in Winthrop.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be from 10:00 A.M.-12:00 Noon (2 hours prior), ALL at the church.
Military Honors by the Winthrop Honor Guard.
Charles “Chuck” Gilbert Roepke was born on April 19, 1936, to Ervin and Clara (Kuehn) Roepke in Round Grove Township, Stewart, Minnesota. He was baptized and was confirmed at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando. He received his education at District 37 Country School and Stewart and Brownton High School.
Chuck married Marlene Feige on June 10, 1962. They had three children, Scott, Dawn and Amy. They lived in Fernando and in 1962, they moved to Winthrop where they resided until the present time. They were members of Peace Lutheran Church in Winthrop where he served on the Church Council. He was a member of the Winthrop Lions Club and the American Legion.
Chuck worked at the Round Grove Creamery, 30 years at the Midland (Cenex) LP plant in Winthrop and the Nicollet Co-op Oil in Nicollet.
Chuck served his country in the National Guard Engineer Battalion for six years. He was called to active duty from 1961-1962 during the Berlin Crisis.
Chuck loved hunting deer and bear at their cabin near Pine River and also ducks and geese in the home area. He loved fishing in the summer and spearing pike in the winter.
Chuck and Marlene enjoyed traveling to Alaska, the European countries and most of the states and a Caribbean Cruise. His favorite entertainment was old time music. He was a self-taught concertina player starting at age 8. He was the Concertina player for the Fernando Dutchmen Band for 20 years and played at many Concertina Jamborees in the area.
Chuck enjoyed his children and grandchildren very much, especially when at the cabin up north.
Chuck passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, December 30, 2022, at his home in Winthrop at the age of 86 years. Blessed be his memory.
Chuck is survived by his:
Loving Wife, Marlene Roepke of Winthrop, MN;
Son, Scott (Jennifer) Roepke of Hutchinson, MN;
Daughters Dawn (Pete) Nesburg of Savage, MN,
Amy (Phil) Roepke-Hendrycks of Mound, MN;
Grandchildren, Maddie Roepke, Isaac Nesburg, Jacob Nesburg, Cale Hendrycks and Evie Hendrycks;
Sister, Val Uecker;
Sister-in-law, Norine Roepke;
Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Chuck was preceded in death by his Parents, Ervin and Clara Roepke; Brothers, Lloyd Roepke, Walter Roepke and Lyle Roepke: Sister-in-law, Rita Roepke.
“Obituary was written by Chaz Roepke”
Lori Turbett says
My deepest sympathies to all of you.
Arlene Schwartz Keske says
My sympathies to you and your family.
Mary Murf says
This is beautifully written by such a kind-hearted man. Thank you for always making me feel welcome, Chaz.
Dena pagel says
Deeply saddened by your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
DeLoris Boehlert says
Our sympathy to you, Marlene, and family and also to you Val. Chuck was a very special person and so glad to have had our families grow up together. So many wonderful memories. I am sorry we will not be at his service as just got down to AZ. We will be thinking of all of you during this time of loss and prayers to you in the days ahead. All our love. Vernon also sends his sympathy.
Sandy (Mathison) Blesi says
Dawn, sympathy to you and your Family on the passing of your Dad. May the good memories always make smile.
Rhianon Colling says
Amy I am so saddened for your loss. You’ve lovingly told so many great stories of your parents throughout the years. I’m hoping holding these memories close to your heart will help at such a difficult time. Losing such an amazing father is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with you. Hugs my friend.
Deb Wilhelm says
Marlene, so sorry for your loss we have always enjoyed having you and Chuck around our neighborhood. You both are such an inspiration of positivity and enjoy seeing you about. Those treasured memories cherish and hold dear. Prayers and hugs to you and the family.