Charles Arends, 84

Longtime River Forest resident

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Charles E. Arends, 84, a 60-year resident of River Forest, died on March 23, 2018. Born on Dec. 17, 1933 in Edmond, Oklahoma to the late Wade and Edwina Arends, he received a full wrestling scholarship from Northwestern University. He left college to serve with the U.S. Army in Germany, then returned to graduate from Northwestern in 1959.

He married Nancy Holland in 1957 and shortly after they moved to River Forest. He worked for many years in logistics for Chicago Diatetic and, most recently, Leaf Confectionary in Chicago before his retirement. A longtime member of the River Forest Tennis Club and First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, he loved fishing, hunting, and watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports. 

Charles Arends is survived by Nancy, his wife of 61 years; his children, Mary-Kirk (Robert) Reyff, Virginia (Robert) Palmer, Chuck (Susan) and Dan (Sue) Arends; his grandchildren, Kristy (Kyle) Wasser and Ryan Arends, Heather (Bryan) Welesko, Kelly (Luke) Kirsh, and Ryan (Stephanie) Palmer, Brittney (Steve) Berryman and DJ, and Taylor and John Arends; his great-grandchildren, Tatton, Ruben, Ellen and Gwen, and Charlie and Jack; his siblings, Kathryn Arends and the late Wade (MaryLou) and Phillip Arends; and many nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Monday, April 2 at First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, 7551 Quick Ave., with private interment at Rosehill Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to Special Olympics of Illinois (

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