Chuck Bednar, 82

Co-designer of Hemingway Museum

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Charles J. "Chuck" Bednar Jr., 82, of Galesburg, formerly of Oak Park, died on Sept. 18, 2018. Born March 7, 1936, to Charles J. Sr. and Juanita (Kelly) Bednar, he married Marilyn Stief on Nov. 21, 1962, in Pasadena, California. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1959 with a BFA degree, School of Industrial Design. He served for eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of captain.

A resident of Oak Park for over 46 years. He established Bednar Design Inc. in the village in 1975. He and Marilyn returned to his family home in Galesburg in 2009. A member of First Presbyterian Church in Galesburg, he was a longtime member of the Rotary Club in Oak Park and Galesburg.

An early member of the board of directors for the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and is credited with the artistic design of the Hemingway Museum in Oak Park. He was past president of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago, a board member of the Stephen A. Douglas Association, a member of the Abraham Lincoln Association, and served as president of the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association. The Illinois Museum Association recognized him as "Volunteer of the Year" in 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn A. Bednar; his daughter, Melissa Bednar; his grandsons, Robert J. Bracken and Charles J. Bracken; his brother, Richard (Sandy) Bednar; his niece, Kathy, and her daughter Kinsley; and relatives Jack (Donna) Ilko and David (Evonne) Ilko. He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother, Dorothy C. Bednar.

Visitation was held on Sept. 24 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel, followed by a funeral service. A private family burial took place at Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Memorials may be designated to the Galesburg First Presbyterian Church or to the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association.

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