Charles "Bill" Churchill

Born: Sat., Dec. 20, 1924
Died: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Mon., Jan. 23, 2017
Location: Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home - Glenwood Chapel

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Mon., Jan. 23, 2017
Location: Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home - Glenwood Chapel

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Charles William “Bill” Churchill, age 92, of Glenwood, MN, died Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood, following a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, January 23rd at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home Chapel in Glenwood. Lay pastor Mary Stone will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

Bill was a life-long resident of Glenwood, MN, born on December 20, 1924 to Charles William Churchill, Sr. and Emma Dorothy Larsen. He graduated from Glenwood High School in June of 1942 and entered the U.S. Navy on December 19, 1942.  He served as an Aviation Radio and Radar Man in the Pacific Theater and dearly loved flying his PBY and TBM Avenger aircraft. He was honorably discharged on February 16, 1946, at which time he returned to Glenwood, where he met a beautiful nurse, Mary Jane Barthelemy. The two married in 1951 and together they raised three daughters.

Bill worked for the Minnesota Highway Department as a civil engineer for 37 years, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, and steak fry’s with his many good friends. He was an avid reader and never stopped learning about his many interests. After retirement he enjoyed coffee at ‘the office’ (the Gingerbread house), going for drives along the lake, and taking care of his beloved cats. Bill was a man with a big heart, who had great pride in his family, his military service, and his hometown. 

Bill is survived by his three daughters, Jane (Ken) Sears of Litchfield, MN, Barb (Paul) Gustafson of Elk River, MN, and Deb Churchill of Burnsville, MN: seven grandchildren, Jenna Sears, Erin Nunez, Nathan Sears, Ben Gustafson, Beth Donelson, Maureen Allen, and Kelsey Allen; and seven great-grandchildren, Kaelyb and Madelyn Sears, Cecilia and Emiliano Nunez, McCoy Donelson, Quinn Gustafson, and Amaya Demery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane, in 1983, his sisters, Adelaide Reynolds and Shirley Napier; and life-long friend, Arleigh Lund.

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Lisa (Leedahl) Ondracek
   Posted Sat January 21, 2017
Deb,Barb and Jane and families... Your Dad was the nicest man to know. He always made a point to see how I was doing when I saw him which wasn't often as an adult. Losing a parent is so hard but know God is by your side helping you thru the hard times. Time heals all, they say, time helps ease some of the pain. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Sharon Babel
   Posted Sun January 22, 2017
I got to know your father through Meals On Wheels.. I visited evey Tuesday with his lunch and he was so kind. We had many conversations about his years in the military and love of flying as well as his family. I only knew him a short time but he was special to me.

Angela Maass
   Posted Sun January 22, 2017

TABLE BASKET was sent by Elk River Boys Hockey Team.

Sending prayers....The Elk River High School Boy's Hockey Team.

Mark & Cheri Peterson
   Posted Sun January 22, 2017
Deb, Mo & Kelsey - we are very sorry for your loss and hope all your fond memories stay close at heart. You are in our prayers.

Julie and Rowley Mayo
   Posted Mon January 23, 2017
Our sympathy to you, Barb, and the entire family. May you hold dear to your heart the great memories of your dad, and the wonderful stories as well.

Julie and Rowley Mayo

Kathy Mills
   Posted Mon January 23, 2017

Your father sounds like a wonderful man who enjoyed a long life. My thoughts ans prayers are with you and your family at this time.


Lori Egdorf Frederick
   Posted Mon January 23, 2017
Deb, Barb, Jane and families, Our families have been connected in many ways over the years: My sister, Vicky, was a classmate at Glenwood High School, my Mom, Rua, worked at the hospital at the same time your Mother did, and I was honored to work under your Dad for 3 years with MnDot. Even after my employment, if we met on the street, he always greeted me with a smile and a personalized conversation (not just about the weather!) I could go on because he was so very special to me, but just know, I send you my most heartfelt condolences.

John Napier
   Posted Sun March 26, 2017

Patriotic was sent by John O. Napier.

Wishing you calm seas Uncle Bill from the Napier family. John, Scott, Ann.

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