Charles Arnold “Chuck” Branz of the Tellico Village Community, Loudon, TN and formerly of Pontiac and Dwight, IL  passed away December 6, 2020. He was born in Saunemin, IL on July 23, 1946, the son of Arnold and Frieda Gerken Branz. He attended Saunemin schools and was active in basketball and football. Chuck’s military service included 1965-67 at Ft. Polk, LA and Ft. Hood, TX. He was employed at Pontiac Chair Factory in Pontiac, IL for 13 years, and in 2003 Chuck retired from the US Postal Service after 25 years of service. He was a member of the Emington, IL American Legion. Chuck was an avid golfer and assisted with the aeration and mowing at Wolf Creek Golf Course in Pontiac, IL. Chuck and Lorene (Beiswanger) Ferguson were married in 1999 in Townsend, TN. Upon his retirement, he and his wife moved to Tennessee in 2005, where he could spend time golfing year-round (and not worry about shoveling snow). He became connected with a great bunch of fellow golfers and good friends. Throughout his life, he had six holes-in-one (first one being the first year he started golfing and the other five after retiring.) He also enjoyed bowling, watching old Western movies (especially John Wayne), crossword puzzles and playing with his beloved dachshund, Casey. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Nancy (Beiswanger) Raycraft; and brother-in-law, James Drach. Survivors include his wife, Lorene; daughter, Nicole (Jason) Morgan; grandson, Maxwell, and step-grandchildren, Jasper and Julia, all of IL; brother, Richard (Arlene) Branz of IL; cousin, John (Margo) Branz of IL; brother-in-law, Terry (Linda) Beiswanger of TX; sister-in-law, Marcia Drach of IL; and several nieces and nephews. No service will be held, but the family asks that you celebrate Chuck’s memory in your own special way. They appreciate your prayers and well wishes during this time of loss. Click Funeral Home & Cremations – Tellico Village Chapel is serving the family of Chuck Branz.

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