Charles “Chuck” William Lohse, born March 26, 1950, died a natural death on Friday, October 20, 2023 in Bryan, Texas. He will be forever loved by his family and the friends he made across the many paths he journeyed.
Chuck grew up in the farmland near Artois, CA. He attended Hamilton City High School, where he excelled in sports and academics. He attended Santa Clara University, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. It was there he met Jane Sidenfaden; they married in 1973 and lived briefly in Sacramento before moving to Chico where they resided for 40 years. He worked in the family business with his father and brother running Lohse Mill in Glenn County. Later, he embraced the entrepreneurial spirit sparked by his father and launched a successful document storage and destruction company in Chico. He and Jane moved to Bryan in 2018 to be close to their youngest daughter and grandchildren in retirement.
The “Shredmeister” could be seen making stops around town, attending his childrens’ school events, ringing the bell for Salvation Army, and sharing stories wherever he went. He showed a passion for travel, taking trips for family reunions, business conventions, and visiting his children and grandkids everywhere they ended up, from Manhattan to Australia to Texas. An avid golfer, he played courses all over the country. However, the North Valley held a special place in his heart.
Chuck supported the communities he lived in, be it as a volunteer firefighter in Butte County, placing flags for holidays in Bryan and College Station, and projects with Rotary. He liked sporting events at every level, whether watching the kids play basketball, spending summers in the stands with the Chico Heat, and keeping up with the Aggies basketball teams. Those who know Chuck know he relished catching up with friends and making new acquaintances wherever he happened to be. He spoke warmly of the camaraderie enjoyed among good friends.
He was president of the Chico Sunrise Rotary Club, a past Exalted Ruler of the Willows Elks Lodge, president of the California Seed Association, president of the Pacific Seed Association, and grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Council #1137 in Chico. He was a member of the Rotary Clubs in Bryan and Chico, NAID, the Salvation Army, a volunteer firefighter with Company 42 in Butte County, and an alum of the California Ag Leadership program.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Catherine Lohse, and his brother Ken Lohse.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Jane; son, Karl (Roshni Daryanani); daughters, Rebecca Lohse (Brandon Ball) and Remi Lohse; and four grandchildren (Willie, Teddy, and Ceci Wright; and Avery Ball).
We will all miss your smiling face.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Coach Blair Charities or the Bryan Rotary Club.