Chuck is a veteran of the United States Air Force joining at the age of 17 and proudly serving his country for two years during the Korean Conflict before a hardship discharge to take care of his mother and younger sister due to his father’s illness and death. In 1958, he graduated from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and majored in accounting.
On August 28, 1954, Chuck was united in marriage to Marita Helen Buman at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Portsmouth, IA. From this union they had five children: Terry, Julie, Jim, Bob and Jennifer.
After graduating from Creighton, Chuck moved his family to Kansas City, Missouri, to work for the Federal Government.
Chuck began his career as an auditor with the General Accounting Office (GAO) Kansas City Region on June 9, 1958 and retired December 30, 1989. Throughout his career, Chuck demonstrated exceptional leadership in supervising and training staff in the development of evidence necessary to support audit issues. He had a diversified and illustrious career, involving audits of government procedures, programs, and activities including the audit of defense contractors, evaluations of Medicaid and Medicare issues in the Health area, and financial management reviews in various government agencies and the military services.
Chuck also led in professional leadership positions. He is a past President of the Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants, and past Regional Vice-President of AGA. In addition, he served on various Federal Executive Board committees.
Chuck was a devout Catholic and long-time member of St. Therese Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing and watching sports, especially the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Iowa Hawkeyes and Creighton Bluejays basketball. He was an assistant coach for SPCAA and Clay-Platte baseball teams. He enjoyed watching war movies and idolized the WWII heroes from his home town in Earling, IA. He loved all music especially Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass Band, Ray Price, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and music from the Big Band era. He was kindhearted and a true gentleman. He was a loyal and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant brothers, Jim and Mark Heese, and one son, Charles “Terry” Terrence Heese. Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Marita Helen Heese; four children: Julia Pauline (Heese) Cloud of Kansas City, MO; James “Jim” Marcus Heese (Kathryn) of St. Louis, MO; Robert “Bob’ Charles Heese (Stephanie) of Platte City, MO; Jennifer Claire Heese of Parkville, MO; seven grandchildren: Robert James Cloud; Mark Downing-Heese; Alexander James Heese; Jacob Robert Heese; Jessica Ann Heese; Kaitlynn Joanne Heese; Benjamin Stephen Heese; and a sister, Donna Jean Jauron (Dave) of Essex, IA.
All services will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at St. Therese Catholic Church 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO 64152. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Funeral Mass commencing at 11:00 a.m. Committal service and entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Little Sisters of the Poor or St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Therese.