Charles F. “Chuck” Caya

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Charles F. “Chuck” Caya, 83, of Eastman, passed away Monday, June 19, at the Thornton Manor Care Center in Lansing, Iowa, following a brief illness. 


He was born Aug. 30, 1933, in Eastman the son of Mitchel and Rose (Mickel) Caya. Chuck served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He married Janice Oppriecht on June 2, 1956, at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. Chuck worked as a crane operator for Operating Engineers Local 139 throughout the State of Wisconsin. He was recently recognized as a 60 year member of the Eastman American Legion. He was an avid hunter who enjoyed his many big game hunting trips out west. 


He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janice Caya; his brothers, George (Diane), of Eastman, and Thomas (Sharon) of Seneca; his sisters, Margaret (Charles) Schmidt, of Orlando, Fla., and Grace McDaneld, of Plattsmouth, Neb.; along with numerous nieces and nephews. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Michael; and his sisters, Rosemary Brown and Agnes Zimmer.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, June 22, at 11 a.m., at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Eastman, Rev. Victor Feltes officiating with burial in the church cemetery. Military honors will be accorded graveside. Friends may call on Wednesday, June 21, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien.


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