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Charles "Chuck" Polfus, 78

Charles Brady "Chuck" Polfus, 78, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, May 31, at home on Lake Wapogasset in Amery, Wis.

Chuck was born in New Richmond, Wis., on June 5, 1937. He graduated from New Richmond High School in 1955, and the University of WI-Eau Claire in 1959 with a degree in business. Chuck was enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard and very proud of his service to community and country. After a stint in Lake Tahoe as a blackjack dealer, he returned home to New Richmond to take over Polfus Implement from his father Clarence. For more than 50 years he was at the helm of Polfus Implement/Frontier Ag & Turf dealing in John Deere Equipment, caring deeply about each and every one of his employees, as well as priding himself on customer service. Humble, accessible and approachable, he gathered many, many friends.

Chuck was passionate about his work, but dedicated to family and knew when to set aside time to spend with his children. While married to Barb Olson he became father to Chris and Nancy, and with his beloved Mary Ann at his side for nearly 30 years, he became father to Larry, Jeff and Sally. He enjoyed his children and grandchildren and was never happier than when surrounded by all. He was generous with praise and open with his love and affection.

Chuck loved music, traveling, collector cars, auto racing, blackjack, and the Beach Boys and was never afraid to grab the microphone and sing Sinatra. He will be remembered for his savvy business sense, fun-loving personality, sense of humor and devotion to family and friends. The life of the party, he was always the one who sang the loudest and wanted to be the last to leave.

Preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Olive (Utgaard) Polfus; sister, Nancy Lou Polfus; and brother, Michael Polfus.

He is survived by his devoted wife Mary (Moe) Chelberg-Polfus; sons, Larry (LuAnn) Chelberg, Jeff (Jodi) Chelberg, and Chris (Toni) Polfus; daughters, Nancy Polfus and Sally (Doug) Emerson; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at First Lutheran Church in Amery, Wis., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, with Pastor Tim Bjorge officiating. There will be visitation at the Williamson-White Funeral Home on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and for the hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the West Immanuel Cemetery.

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The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services assisted the family.