Charles “Chuck” Eskra of Akron, Iowa, passed away Friday, May 09, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 12 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Akron. Father Doug Klein and Deacon Richard Port will celebrate Mass. Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in St. Mary’s, Iowa. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through .
Charles Edward Eskra, Jr. was born December 22, 1923 in Grainger, Iowa, the son of Charles Sr. and Margaret (Minarsich) Eskra. He attended school in Madrid, Iowa and was active in baseball, football, and basketball. He graduated from Madrid High School in 1941.
He was drafted in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Europe during World War II. He served as a ground radio operator, sending messages by Morris Code. He also aided in supplying support to the paratroopers. He was honorably discharged.
Following his military, he attended college at Drake University in Des Moines where he attained his B.A. and Masters Degree in teaching and coaching. He began his teaching career at St. Mary’s Public School in St. Mary’s, Iowa.
He was united in marriage to Patricia Brommel on August 22, 1953 in St. Mary’s, Iowa.
Later, he taught at La Grand, Iowa. After two years, they moved to Gillett Grove, Iowa where he taught and coached. Later, he became the principal and then superintendant at Gillett Grove. Later, he served as assistant superintendant and coach at Stuart High School in Stuart, Iowa for two years. During this time, he received his Education Specialist Degree from Drake University.
In 1972, he accepted the superintendant position at Akron High School. During his 20-year career, he was instrumental in building of the new school in Akron and bringing girls athletics to the school district. He also aided in the merger between Akron and Westfield, forming Akron-Westfield School. Chuck retired in 1992.
Chuck was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Akron. Through the years, he enjoyed reading and researching and learning on his computer. He had an incredible passion for the game of golf. He was proud that he spent 12-years playing semi-pro baseball with the Madrid Merchants and subbed several times with the Slater Night Hawks. He and Patricia loved attending Akron-Westfield sports and music events, especially those involving their grandchildren. After retirement, he and Pat enjoyed wintering in Texas. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife of over 60 years, Patricia of Akron; their children: Dianne (Wade) Olson of Cedar Falls, IA, Charles D. (Janet) Eskra of Lincoln, NE, Marianne (Dwight) Owen of Sioux City, IA, Carolyn (Mark) Plueger of Le Mars, IA, Michele (Kevin) Kilker of Mesa, AZ, Mark (Sonya) Eskra of Akron, IA, and Jeanne Eskra of Glenwood, IA; 19 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and a sister: Violet (Ed) Butorac of Yukon, OK.
He was preceded in death by his parents; twin sisters in infancy; and a granddaughter, Kassandra Kilker in infancy.