Charles H. Ortmann
1929 - 2018
Charles Henry Ortmann

Born: June 1, 1929

Died: March 7, 2018

Charles Henry Ortmann, "Chuck" for those who knew or loved him, passed peacefully on March 7, 2018, in Gig Harbor, WA with his daughter, Joan and her family at his side.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife and high school sweetheart, Betty (Pray); and his daughter, Carol.

Born June 1, 1929, he grew up in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Charles and Ida, brother to David, all of whom passed before him.

He is survived by his children, Jeffrey, Joan Redman (Brian), and Charlie (Paula). He was a devoted and enthusiastic grandfather to Jeff's daughter, Karli; stepson, Ken; Joan's children, Brian, Jim (Kristin) and Katie; Charlie's sons, Kyle (Bridget) and Kit; and great grandfather to Jameson Redman.

If writing this himself, Chuck would emphasize the importance of "Family and Friends," his favorite quote. He was loved by many of both. What he might not proclaim as loudly but that was at the very thread of who he was was his Faith. He taught and exemplified a strong Christian faith in many ways and worshipped and volunteered actively at Grace Lutheran Church for the decades he resided in Glen Ellyn, IL, and at Messiah Lutheran Church in Savannah, GA, helping to establish that church on Skidaway Island.

What Chuck would not include but what many knew him for is Football. Chuck would share that the Lord changed his life with the gift of football and the University of Michigan. But what would remain unspoken were his accomplishments, such as member of the University of Michigan Hall of Fame and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, the 1948 National Championship team, and NFL contracts. He was incredibly humble about these achievements that few could claim. The more likely story he would tell would be from his days coaching his sons in youth football with The Churchill School Blue Raiders or the Glen Ellyn Rams, or his favorites were from the days of coaching his daughters in Glen Ellyn Softball. Chuck could always capture a group with a story or joke, which contributed to his success in the business world, selling for many different companies as he cultivated opportunities and lasting relationships.

He will be laid to rest at a private family service in Savannah, GA in the coming months.

Donations in his name may be made to: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 W Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411

Published by Suburban Life Publications on Mar. 15, 2018.
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Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Charles Ortmann family. I consider having known Chuck for these many years to be a great privilege and had the deepest respect for him as an athlete and a man. I remember seeing him play for Michigan when he came to Champaign to play the Fighting Illini.
harold prichard
March 15, 2018
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