October 19, 1951 - April 2, 2016
Charles Edward Myrhum, age 64, of West Bend, was granted
eternal rest on Saturday, April 2, 2016 following a one month struggle with an
He was born on Friday, October 19, 1951 to the late Ole and
Ruth (nee Weber) Myrhum at St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend. As a young boy, Chuck helped his father at
their furniture store and funeral home and eventually, at the age of 15, began
helping his father with their ambulance service. He graduated from West Bend High School in the
class of 1970 and continued his education as an accounting major graduating
from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Business
Administration in 1975.
Chuck always felt that his real calling was in funeral
service so he continued his college education and become a licensed funeral
director in 1977. During his career his
commitment to serving both his profession and his community were evident. He was an active member and past president of
both the Lakeshore Funeral Directors Association and the Wisconsin Funeral
Directors Association. He also had the
honor of chairing several sub committees within the Wisconsin Funeral Directors
Association. He served on the board of
appeals for the city of West Bend and was also an active member and past
president of the West Bend Noon Kiwanis Club.
After taking over operations of the family business, Chuck was
influential in remodeling their West Bend location which saw the addition of an
on-site crematory to better serve the needs of the community. He also helped expand the business from their
one location in West Bend to four locations serving West Bend, Kewaskum,
Mayville, and Lomira. While he led an
accomplished career, Chuck’s greatest joy was having the opportunity to work
first with his father and later with his son.
Chuck was a care free man who loved life. He enjoyed boating on the lake, hiking, going
for bike rides, walking downtown at the farmers market, cooking, and going to
plays. He liked traveling and in recent
years traveled to many destinations around the world. He loved golfing and always looked forward to
his annual golf weekend with the “Hasbeen Hackers”. The fourth of July was Chuck’s favorite
holiday and he spent it driving the Kiwanis go-karts in the local parade in the
morning, spending the afternoon boating on Big Cedar Lake where he would later
watch the fireworks display, and finally ending the day with his own amazing
firework show. He loved spending time
with his daughter touring historic locations around Wisconsin and always looked
forward to their special lunches together.
He lived for his grandchildren and loved spending as much time playing
with them as he could.
Chuck will be remembered as a hard working man who led by
example and always did the heavy lifting.
He was humble, kind, and generous.
Above all, he was a selfless person who would do anything for anyone at
Chuck was a great mentor and friend who dedicated his life
to serving others. On behalf of all of
us here at the Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes we are
extremely honored to now have the opportunity to serve him.