American Veteran 08

Charles Harry Nemecz

January 16, 1947 ~ December 11, 2021 (age 74)


Charles Harry Nemecz, 74 of Danville, left from this life to the next, on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Services will be at 10am on Thursday, December 16th at Second Church of Christ, 3550 E. Voorhees Street in Danville with Pastor Greg Taylor officiating. Procession to Camp Butler in Springfield will leave promptly at 11am on Friday, December 17th from Kruger Coan Pape Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams Street in Danville. Procession lineup will begin at 10:30am with assistance by the Illinois Patriot Guard Riders. Graveside and Military Honors will take place at Camp Butler in Springfield, Illinois at 1pm on Friday.

   Charley was born on January 16, 1947 in Springfield, Illinois to John and Gladys (Johnson) Nemecz. He attended area schools, graduating from Glenwood Highschool and going on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Education Technology from Western Illinois University.  Charley served honorably in the US Navy from November of 1966 until June of 1970. He earned a National Defense, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign Medals, as well as a Letter of Commendation. Upon his return from the service Charley worked at the Springfield State Capital building, got married, managed all janitorial services at St. Luke’s hospital in Kansas City, MO.  He then moved the family to Danville, IL to open a ServiceMaster franchise from 1984 until 2007. After selling the business Charley worked as a tour bus driver part-time utilizing his skills of “never having met a stranger”. He then began working at the Danville National Guard Armory as their maintenance man. When he wasn’t working, Charley could be found volunteering at his church in the benevolence ministry and transporting veterans to church and other appointments. He loved old cars, trains, keeping track of his two kids and seven grandchildren and connecting with people.  

   On August 19, 1973, Charles married Nancy Lefler and the two have been together ever since. He leaves behind his loving wife Nancy of over forty-eight years; two children: Heidi (Andrew) Benton and Ted (Jessica) Nemecz; seven grandchildren: Caleb Nemecz, Ethan Nemecz, Luke Nemecz, Joey Benton, Justus Nemecz, Joshua Benton, and Katy Benton; and a sister: Kathy (Aaron) Kaghan. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends will also miss his dearly.

   Messages and memories may be left on our website at, or on the Kruger-Coan-Pape Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers Charley and the family would be honored if you would donate memorials in his name to the following two causes: 1) To offer free counseling to Veterans suffering from PTSD  Two Roads Wellness Clinic Attention: Jessica Nemecz, 1101 E. Winter Ave., Danville, IL 61832

2) To continue the fight against Pediatric cancers donate to the hospital where grandchildren Josh & Katy Benton were treated: Diamond Children’s Hospital C/O B.J. Goddard Ste. 7643 Twr.4, 1625 N. Campbell Dr., Tucson, AZ 85719  Memo: Children’s Oncology.  

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Funeral Service
December 16, 2021

10:00 AM
Second Church of Christ (Voorhees Street, Danville)

Graveside Service
December 17, 2021

1:00 PM
Camp Butler, Illinois, Springfield

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