I hardly knew Chuck, and hadn't seen him in probably 58 years, but I immediately recognized him from the photo in the army fatigue uniform. I was a classmate of Marilyn and my brother was a classmate of Jesse. I'm prompted to write this note to your family to commend you on the WONDERFUL obituary with which you summarized Chuck's fascinating and full life. You succeeded in capturing the essence of a very remarkable guy, and the obit made it abundantly clear how much he was loved by his family. The humor that emerged in so many places in the obit gave readers a wonderful sense of the warmth and joy which must have permeated Hill family life. I extend my most sincere condolences to all of you.
Dear family of Chuck,
I was sad to hear of my friend Chuck's passing. Our friendship went back to grade school and we spent a lot of time together, and at each others homes. I lived a couple of blocks away on Franklin St. I'd come to your house and watch TV (we didn't have one yet), and Chuck would come over after school to play ping pong. He was quite good! And we played a lot of baseball. I pitched and he caught, and together, with our team, we were the Cub league champs sponsored by the Appleton Fire Dept. That would have been around 1949. We'd walk to Wilson and AHS together as well as downtown to the Den. After high school I did not see Chuck until about 5 years ago. I saw him in the Appleton library parking lot, recognized him after all those years, and we met for breakfast on several occasions. The last time I saw him was this passed summer. Each time we met he had some momento of our past....pictures, Hank Williams CDs, and good stories. Yes he was a gentle and good man.
PS. Another, and perhaps the best reason for my visiting the Hill house, Chuck had the best looking sisters.
Chuck,I remember what a great catcher you were when we played baseball in all the Appleton rec.Dept leagues. Wish I had known you later!