Charles E. ‘Chas’ Barsic

By on September 9, 2009

Charles E. “Chas” Barsic, 54, of Maple Park, passed away at his home on Sept. 5, 2009, after succumbing to cancer. He was surrounded by the love of his family, who cared for him right up to his last days.

He was born Nov. 13, 1955, the son of Joseph and Edna “Babs” (Neisendorf) Barsic in Geneva.

Chas grew up on County Line Road in Maple Park with his parents, two sisters and three brothers, and continued to live in the family home until his death.

He attended Maple Park grade school and graduated from Kaneland High School, where he attended Mid-Valley Vocational School for drafting. This education gave him the foundation for his 30-year career at Caterpillar in Montgomery.

He retired as a design engineer from Caterpillar in October 2003. After his retirement, Chas loved to spend his time living life to the fullest, riding his Yamaha motorcycle nearly every day and spending as much time with his family and his friends as he could.

Following his father’s passing, Chas purchased and continued to live in his childhood home.

Though Chas never married, he dedicated himself to his family and friends. If you needed help, he was always there, and many can attest to the fact there was no better example of a Good Samaritan.

He was a faithful, dedicated member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church of Maple Park just down the street, often helping others at Mass, where he faithfully served as an usher.

Chas had many things in his life he loved, though none more precious than his nieces and nephews, who brought out the kid in him. When he wasn’t with his family or friends, Chas indulged in his love of flying, piloting his own Cessna for hours at a time.

Chas loved high-performance vehicles, especially his beloved Acura NSX or his Yamaha motorcycle. In high school, Chas was a multi-sport athlete who played many sports, including baseball, football and golf, although golf alone survived his path to adulthood. The game of golf not only gave him 30 years of happiness, but also much success, as evident from his many trophies.

He also loved to travel across the United States, visiting many parts of the country, especially the southern and western states. In later years, he used his breadth of knowledge and experience to begin designing his own house, as well as working on building his own experimental airplane.

He now leaves five siblings, Matt Barsic of Sycamore, Karen (Jim) Morris of Doha, Qatar, Mike (Connie) Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Marianne (Mark) Gemmer of Maple Park and Jim (Brenda) Barsic of Elburn; nieces and nephews, Brian Gemmer of Kaneville, Megan (Brad) Thill of North Aurora, Emily Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Paul Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., David Gander of Madison, Wis., Bob Gander of Rochester, Minn., Eric Gander of Rochester, Minn. and Jennifer (Ben) Halverson of Chatfield, Minn.; Kaitlyn and Kaley Barsic of Elburn; and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents and one niece, Kelsey Barsic, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., with a service to follow at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Charles Barsic Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at