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Charles Jelinek

Cedar Rapids

Charles R. Jelinek
("Chuck" or "Charlie"), 90, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at West Ridge Care Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Memorial services
will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Inurnment will follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, with military honors.
Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Norine Jelinek; three children, Craig (Rita) Jelinek, Jon (Val) Jelinek and Susan (DeAnthony) Jelinek-Thomas; seven grandchildren, Adam (Shelly) Jelinek, Nick (Stephanie) Jelinek, Jill (Frank) Ehrenberger, Lacey (Bryan) Ball, Hannah Jelinek, Ben Jelinek and Maddie Jelinek; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois Pfeifer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kevin Jelinek; grandson, Sam Jelinek; brothers, Jack Jelinek and Bill Jelinek; sister, Jean Russell; and an aunt, Margret Horning.
Chuck was born June 19, 1927, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Frank and Edna (Horning) Jelinek. He lived his entire life in Cedar Rapids. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean conflict. Chuck worked for Grissel Sheet Metal from 1952 to 1953. In 1953, he got his dream job when he joined the Cedar Rapids Police Department. He was promoted to detective in 1961 and then became captain of the Detective Bureau in 1979. Chuck retired from the Cedar Rapids Police Department in 1983 and then worked as a security officer at the Federal Court Building. He permanently retired in 1993 after many years of public service. Chuck was an honest man who liked doing the right thing to help people during his 30 years on the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, neighbor, co-worker and friend, and will be greatly missed by those who were fortunate enough to know him!
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be left at www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.