TRAVERSE CITY — Charles A. “Chuck” Oxley, of Traverse City, passed away on June 8, 2014, at his residence.
He was born on Dec. 29, 1931, to Albert C. and Goldie F. (Jackson) Oxley in Robinson, Ill. On June 10, 1956, he married Reba Adaline Dougherty in Mt. Carmel, Ill.
Chuck graduated from Robinson High School in 1949 and from Eastern Illinois University with a major in chemistry in 1953. He received a Master in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois in 1971.
After graduation from Eastern Illinois he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Upon discharge from the service he worked in the laboratory for Case Manufacturing Corporation in Robinson, Ill., and later for General Carbon and Chemical in Robinson in the lab and later as plant manager. In 1962 he was employed by Reynolds Metals Co. in Baton Rouge, La., as plant superintendent to start a coke calcining plant. After working eight years in industry Chuck realized his true desire of employment was in the field of education.
Chuck was employed by Glenbard High School District #87, Glen Ellyn, Ill., as a chemistry teacher and later as administrative assistant at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Ill. When Glenbard South High School opened in 1971 he served as assistant principal and principal until 1979 when he was transferred to the District Office as director (and later assistant superintendent) of personnel. While living in Glen Ellyn Chuck coached and served on governing boards for youth baseball, football and basketball.
He retired in 1987 and in 1990 moved to Traverse City with Adaline to be near their son, C.J. and grandchildren.
He was a member of Kiwanis Golden K, a founding member of Traverse Area Camera Club and a member of the Presbyterian Church.
His interests were fishing, gardening, woodworking, photography and traveling.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.