Lt. Col Charles Sisk, 95, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Charles was born on Valentine’s Day in 1926 in Ozark, Arkansas, and brought love and joy to all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris Sisk (2003), and daughter, Carol Yule (2019). He is survived by his grandchildren Laura (Robert) Santos and Andrew (Casey) Yule, three great grandchildren, and a very close longtime family friend, Lou Anne Benson.
Chuck met the love of his life, Doris Sisk, and they married when they were 22. He and Doris enjoyed feeding the backyard critters, caring for their home, playing cards, and driving in the Rocky Mountains.
A strong military man, Chuck served his Country for more than 28 years, enlisting first in the Navy and then the Army, and finally retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1972. While serving at the enlisted rank of Master Sergeant he was awarded a direct commission to the officer corps as an Artillery focused 1st Lieutenant, thereby being dubbed a “Mustang.” He served in World War II, two tours in the Korean War, and one tour in the Vietnam War. He also served in the US Maritime Service and was an instructor at the Guided Weapons Center. He was decorated five times for service including being awarded the Soldiers Medal for Heroism and a Purple Heart. After retiring from the military, Chuck earned a business degree from the University of Colorado.
Chuck was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish and would go on trips with his friends well into his 80’s. As a younger man he would bring home trophies. Later in life he would go more for the company, saying that while the younger men went out to hunt for deer, he would “sit on the porch with a beer and wait for a stupid one to walk by.” He also enjoyed quiet afternoons at home with a glass of bourbon.
One of his fondest activities in later life was to head to McDonalds early each morning to meet with his group of friends, “the Coffee Klatch,” so that they could all “tell lies” and enjoy each other’s company. Here he met his companion, Ms. Kathleen “Kathy” Brower, with whom he would spend most of his time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A remembrance will be held for Chuck May 21, 2022 10 am at Shrine of Remembrance in Colorado Springs. He will be laid to rest alongside his wife Doris at Fort Logan National Cemetery.