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Charles 'Chuck' Baudouine dies at age 90

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Charles (Chuck) A. Baudouine, age 90, of Valparaiso, Ind., died Saturday, February 9, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Florence, in April, 2009.

Chuck and Florence raised four children, all of whom survive: Carol (Fred Sr.) Callaway of Highland, Ind., John (Lil) Baudouine of Arizona, David (late Jackie) Baudouine of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Pete (Dawn) Baudouine of DeMotte, Ind.

Chuck is also survived by six grandchildren: Karen Baudouine of Arizona, Mary (Tony) Hurtt of Highland, Ind., Fred Callaway Jr. of Highland, Ind., Mike (Jena) David of Fishers, Ind., Nicole (Allen) Roach of Florida, and Francesca (Scott) Libby of Florida and five step-grandchildren: Derrick (Thelma) Butala, Dennis (Cassie) Butala, Jonathan Butala, Danny Minson and Rosie Minson. He was the proud great-grandfather of four: Jackson and Lexi David, and Elizabeth and Kaitlyn Roach. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Chuck was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia, and daughters-in-law, Cheryl and Jackie.

Chuck was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Air Force in photographic intelligence in Italy. He was retired from Union Carbide in Whiting and Texas City.

Chuck was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church of Chesterton where he sang in the choir (though Florence sometimes questioned his ability to sing in tune) and ushered on Sunday mornings. He participated in the adult church school program and could be found cooking spaghetti or washing dishes whenever there was a supper to benefit a mission project.

He was a proud member of Calumet Masonic Lodge 379, 32nd degree Scottish Rite South Bend. In recent years he joined Orak Shrine and assisted with child transport to Shriners’ Hospital in Chicago.

At Pines Village Retirement Community, Chuck was a visible presence; he served as a Corridor Representative for several years and enjoyed taking his turn working in the card shop. His name was usually the first one on a sign-up sheet to attend an outing, whether it was lunch, dinner, a movie, concert, play, the opera, or a field trip. In 2009, he was named the Pines Village Honored Senior.

In 2007, Chuck was one of several area veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C. on the Tour of Duty sponsored by the Pines Village Retirement Community. It was a highlight in his life. He was very proud to be selected to place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Although he seldom talked about his WWII experiences, he was passionate about giving generously to programs that help veterans, especially the Wounded Warrior Project.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Chesterton First United Methodist Church, 434 South 2nd Street, with Pastor Chris Newman-Jacobs officiating. There will be a visitation at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

The family will also receive friends on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South 2nd St., Chesterton. A Masonic memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family prefers that donations in Chuck’s memory be made to the Chesterton United Methodist Church. 434 South 2nd Street, Chesterton, 46304 or to the Good Samaritan Fund at Pines Village. 3303 Pines Village Cir., Valparaiso, IN 46383.

For additional information please contact White-Love Funeral Home at 219-926-1309.

 

Posted 2/11/2013