Charles E. “Chuck” Vsetecka, 96, Victoria, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Via Christi Village-Hays.
He was born July 10, 1922, in Sargent, Neb., to Frank and Rose (Seda) Vsetecka.
He married Estelle M. Schmidtberger on Aug. 27, 1946. She died May 1, 1976. He married Leona J. (Herrman)-Schuckman on June 17, 1977. She died Nov. 6, 2018.
He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force. He enlisted during World War II and also served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After retirement from the military, he was a crop adjuster for the Cimarron Insurance Co. He enjoyed farming as well as assisting area farmers with their crop insurance needs. Chuck was an avid gardener. His backyard would be full of fruits and vegetables during the summer and fall months. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and would spend time dancing to polka music at the dance halls on the weekends. Above all, Chuck admired his family. From family barbecues and holidays, he loved being around his family and enjoying a cold beverage.
His memberships included the Basilica of St. Fidelis Catholic Church, VFW Post No. 1751 and Past Commander, Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree and Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly all of Victoria. He was a member of the American Legion of Hays and a member of AFA-Air Force Association. He served on the City of Victoria council from 1980 to 1987.
Survivors include one son, Charles F. Vsetecka, Almena; two daughters, Cheryl McNamara, Bonner Springs, and Michelle Schuckman and husband, Dominic, Newton; two step-sons, Dominic Schuckman and his wife Michelle of Newton, and Samuel Schuckman of Ashville, N.C.; two step-daughters, Theresa Wasinger and husband, John, of Hays, and Martha Boardman and husband, Rob, Hays; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and a loving extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives; one brother, Frank “Swede” Vsetecka; and three sisters, Rose Pechanec, Bessie Swanek and Mary Cecil.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at The Basilica of St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria. Burial will follow with military honors provided by the Victoria VFW Post No. 1751 at St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, all at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main St., Victoria.
A combined Victoria VFW, Knights of Columbus Third and Fourth Degree and Christian Mothers rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m., followed by a parish vigil service at 7:15 p.m., all at the mortuary on Tuesday. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to DAV-Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Contributions can be mailed or left with the mortuary.
Arrangements by Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main Street, Victoria, KS 67671.
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