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Charles Edward Wiemers
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 27, 1932
  • Place of birth:
    Pomeroy, Iowa, United States
  • Date of passing: May 24, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Escondido, California, United States
Dad says Keep pluggin' away

In loving memory of Charles "Chuck" E. Wiemers who left us peacefully on May 24, 2014. Charles was born on July 27, 1932 on a small farm in Pomeroy, Iowa to Heye and Catherine Wiemers. After the death of his mom, he was raised by his foster parents, his Uncle John and Aunt Tena Dirks.  He was the youngest of four children—he had two brothers, Walter and Raymond, and a sister, Wilma.  He is survived by Thulin, his loving wife of 55 years, daughters Renee (Jim) and Camilla (Eric), and son Marcus (Roxanne), as well as his eight beautiful grandchildren (Brianna, Emily, Trenton, Michaela, Trevor, Rebecca, Brianna and Adam). 

At an early age, Chuck learned what hard work was all about, having spent his childhood years working on the family farm. There he honed his skills as a craftsman, mechanic and engineer, and was known to throw a few bails of hay, which gave him his "farmer's muscles!"  In high school, Chuck played baseball and basketball, and in his senior year became an Iowa all-state basketball player.  

 After high school, Chuck became a member of the US Navy and served in the Korean War from 1951-1955.  He was a proud Navy veteran, loved his country and always spoke highly of his times in the service.  He shared stories of work on the hydrogen bomb unfolding during this period. Being a crew member of a Navy supply boat in the Marshall Islands allowed him to be present during two hydrogen bomb tests—the Operation Ivy test in the Eniwetok Atoll in 1952, and the Operation Castle test in the Bikini Atoll in 1954.  

After his Navy service, he started his college career at Omaha University where, through the matchmaking talents of his future mother-in-law who worked there, he met Thulin.  He completed college in Logan, Utah, earning his B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1957 at Utah State University. He married Thulin shortly after and began his first job at Morton-Thiokol as an Aero Engineer. In 1969 he was recruited to be an Aero Engineer at General Dynamics/Convair in Kearney Mesa, CA. The family settled in Escondido. One of the highlights of his career was the work he did with the Mercury/Apollo spacecraft during the race to the moon in the late 1960s. He was very proud of his contribution to this part of our country's history, and followed the American space program the rest of his life.   

Chuck was a man of many talents. He earned his private pilot's license and "airframe and powerplant" license (A&P License). Those who knew him were often amazed at his ability to build and fix nearly anything. If Chuck didn't know how to fix something, it wouldn't be long before he would learn how. One of his proudest accomplishments was building a cabin by hand on Palomar Mountain. The saying, "You can take the boy out of the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the boy" was never truer than with Chuck. Having a bit of his Iowa home was very important to him, so he transported lumber from his family's old barn to Palomar Mountain to line the walls of the bottom floor.  He also built a wood box from the buckboard wagon he rode on with his dad.  Every detail in the cabin holds a memory.      

Chuck served proudly as a reserve police officer with the Escondido Police Department for 27 years. During that time he joined the Escondido Police Department's Motorcycle Drill Team where he served as its Captain. The team kicked off more than one Escondido Christmas parade and many others around Southern California. Chuck pursued his love of motorcycle riding—and lovingly maintained his police Harley-Davidson—the rest of his life.

He was a spiritual man who believed strongly in Christ our Lord. He sang in the church choir for many years and served on the board of trustees too. Chuck valued most of all his roles as husband, father and grandfather. He loved his family dearly and was a true provider in all senses of the word. 

A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Escondido,1800 North Broadway, Escondido, CA. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation in Chuck's name to the music department of the First Congregational Church of Escondido. Friends are invited to visit the family's online guest book


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Renee Wilson on 24th May 2017

"Hi Dad, missing you every day but the feelings are extra strong today.  You've been gone from us for three years but it feels like we just lost you today.  Mom misses you terribly, as we all do, but we all "keep pluggin away".  You are our blessing. I Love You Dad :)"

This tribute was added by Renee Wilson on 27th July 2015

"Happy 83rd birthday Dad! We miss you more than words can say. We will be celebrating you with Mom tonight at dinner. We'll eat a taco and have a margarita in your honor. I love you."

This tribute was added by Judith Wilson on 27th July 2015

"Forever missed. You left such a bright light with your family."

This tribute was added by Steve Jacobs on 9th June 2014

"Chuck left behind a wonderful family and he will be dearly missed. I am blessed to have known Chuck and to be working with his amazing daughter, Renee, for the past 24 years."

This tribute was added by Stephanie Wiemers-Dolan on 1st June 2014

"He was always "Uncle Charles" to me, I loved visiting, I loved it when he showed me his "buggies" that he made, the motorcycle rides, his "bluest" eyes, they would sparkle. He had a great laugh.  I will never forget the day I was in a pageant and he was there when I won, the good ol'county fair in Iowa. All the family gatherings with his brother, my dad, and many others....priceless. I believe in my heart that you are now with your dad, mom, sister, brother, and many loved ones probably having a ball.  To my Aunt Thulin, Marcus, Renee, and Cam - my heart is with you, my prayers and all my love!"

This tribute was added by Cathy Turner on 31st May 2014

"As a child Uncle Chuck’s world was a magical place.  In the space between the kitchen and the garage he ruled; he was king.  A small, reddish sports car, an Isetta and a go-cart are the toys he tinkered with - toys that enchanted me whenever I opened the kitchen door - a portal to his world.    As an adult I loved him for his deep convictions and character.  Uncle Chuck, thank you for remembering when others forgot. You are missed, and you are irreplaceable.  John 14:2 says, “In my Father’s house there are many rooms...” and I imagine that the God who loved Chuck and called him home has prepared a space just for him - a tricked out garage.  With newspaper delivery, of course, and a nice cup of coffee."

This tribute was added by Kevin Caress on 30th May 2014

"I consider myself very blessed that I had the opportunity to have married into a family who had as one of its most wonderful  and influential patriarchs, Chuck Wiemers.  Over the last 34 years that I have known the Wiemers, it has always been very special when Telene and I were able to spend time with Uncle Chuck and Aunt Thulin.  Chuck always took time to find out what was going on in our lives.  He always had a story to share from his vast experiences, and was always the most humble, caring, fun-loving, and patient person in the room.  I will miss Uncle Chuck and his influence that he always had on my family.  
May The Lord comfort you at this time Aunt Thulin,, also Renee ,Jim, Cammy, Eric,Marcus and Roxanne, and all the grandkids. We were truly blessed to have had the opportunity of him being able to influence us throughout the years."

This tribute was added by Kathy Wehler on 30th May 2014

"Every family should have an Uncle Charles -- full of life, an infectious warm smile, a heart of gold and the giver of the best hugs in the world!  Yes, I wish every family could have an Uncle Charles but I'm so glad you are ours, Uncle Chuck.  Thank you for being the wonderful man you were and for all the fond memories we have to cherish.  We love you and will miss you so very much.  Aunt Thulin, Renee and Jim, Cammy and Eric, Marcus and Roxanne and all you great grandkids -- We are so very sorry. . . . we are thinking of you and sending all our love.  
                                                    --Kathy & Barry"

This tribute was added by Ellen Watkins on 29th May 2014

"Thulin and Family, Our deepest sympathy for your loss. What a legacy that Chuck has left for his children and grandchildren, how blessed each and every one of you are to have had this man in your lives! Thulin I can't begin to imagine what it is like for you, but it is only for a little while that we are apart. My love and prayers are with you and I am praying for that peace that passes all understanding that comes from our Lord!"

This tribute was added by Christine Baird on 29th May 2014

"A famous line from the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, is “Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"  Uncle Charles's passing has done that very thing. . . . He was a much-loved uncle who will never be forgotten.  We send our sincere sympathy & love to Aunt Thulin and the rest of the family."

This tribute was added by Terri McCauley on 27th May 2014

"Our love and prayers to Aunt Thulin, Renee and Jim, Cammy & Eric, Marcus and Roxanne and all his loving and beautiful grandchildren, Brianna, Emily, Trenton, Michaela, Trevor, Rebecca, Brianna and Adam. You all truly were the joy of his life.   A more welcoming man I have never met.   Your household was so fun to be in and I will cherish all the memories over the years.  Your spirit and beautiful blue eyes will be missed.  We will watch over your loved ones until you are together again.  Love you Uncle Chuck."

This tribute was added by Patty Garczynski on 27th May 2014

"Chuck and all the family will be remembered in our prayers. May God grant him the everlasting reward of Heaven."

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