Charles Martin Remes, "Chuck", passed peacefully on August 31, 2023, at the age of 57 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Mary's Campus in Rochester, MN. He was born on April 5, 1966, in Minneapolis, MN. Chuck was a devoted and loving husband to Dalaine Remes (Skinner) for nearly 30 years and a proud father to his three daughters: Sara Beth (Grant Soper), Megan Alicia, and Anna Rose Remes. He is survived by his brother, Scott (Liz) Remes, and his father, Richard "Dick" Remes. Chuck was preceded in death by his mother, Deanna Remes.
Chuck grew up in New Prague, MN on Cedar Lake where he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. While attending New Prague High School, he played basketball and was active in band as a first chair, Minnesota All-State trumpet player. Chuck attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to study Engineering. He transferred to Mankato State University (MSU) after taking a short break to complete bartending school. Chuck developed many meaningful and lifelong friendships in Mankato, many of them at The Albatross where he worked long hours as a bartender and later as an assistant manager. He then worked as a photographer for Olan Mills for several years but got tired of traveling and being away from home and family. After working a variety of jobs that included insurance salesman (surprising? yes!) and wedding photographer, Chuck landed a temporary job at family-owned EI Microcircuits in Mankato. He loved telling the story of how all of his hard work led him to having a fulfilling, 20 year career as a Component Engineer. He was forever grateful to his EI Microcircuits family who were amazingly kind and supportive of Chuck and family during difficult times of heart surgeries and hospitalizations.
It was at MSU where Chuck Remes first met his wife, Dalaine. Like many great love stories, they were good friends at first. They shared their early years together with an amazing group of people they met through school, many who became lifelong friends. Their mutual passion for good music, beer, and fun adventures was the foundation for the incredible love they shared. Chuck's shy, easygoing, and calm presence was the perfect complement to Dalaine's outgoing and spirited personality. Throughout their 29 married years together, Chuck's love for Dalaine was always evident in the way he looked at her, talked about her, and put her first. Chuck liked to plan and attend music concerts and festivals with Dalaine. His daughters were often included in these plans and each grew to share their parents' love for music.
Chuck was a multi-talented artist. He was a professional photographer early on and later explored creating art with mediums such as acrylic and oil paint, charcoal, and pencil. But his true passion was music. He was an accomplished guitarist; he loved playing and creating music as a solo artist, with his band, Raven Moon Rising and, later, with the well established Organic Cowboys. Chuck was thrilled to play music with the talented musicians of the Mankato Music Scene. He played over 300 shows in 20+ years and often expressed his gratitude for the wonderful friendships and music community that embraced him.
Chuck enjoyed watching college and professional sports. He and Dalaine spent many Sundays together, along with Richard, watching the Minnesota Vikings. He also enjoyed being home and sitting in the comfort of his music room, on the deck overlooking the yard, and walking or driving the Gator down the driveway to catch the sunset.
Chuck was always looking for that next hobby to fill his free time, especially after he retired. He developed cooking, baking, and brewing skills which he particularly liked to show off during holidays or family gatherings. He was an avid reader, collecting large numbers of science fiction/fantasy novels and comic books. Chuck's activities were always supported by Shelby Sue, the family dog, who was one of his favorite companions. They are interconnected even in death, passing away in close succession to each other.
In more recent years, Chuck became a member of the St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Mapleton, MN, where he was able to find solace in his faith. He valued his spiritual growth and prayed the Rosary to cope with symptoms caused by chronic heart disease.
Above all else, Chuck loved his family. Being home with his children and his wife was his most favorite thing of all. He will be deeply missed and yet, he lives on in our hearts and the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Please help us Celebrate and Honor Chuck's life on Saturday, September 30th from 1 pm - 4 pm at the Remes homestead. (41808 245th St. Delavan, MN)
"Peace, Love, & Tunes." ~ Chuck Remes ~