Passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at the age of 92.
Beloved husband of the late Ann B. McNeer (nee Bishop) for 67 years. Dear father of Charles W. (Kay), the late Suzanne (Jim), Robert (Pia) and Thomas (Karen) McNeer. Proud grandfather of 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Charles was born in Gilbert West Virginia, the son of Richard and Bertie McNeer. He grew up in Williamson & Charleston WV. After high school, Charlie attended the Merchant Marine Academy (43-46), receiving a degree in Marine Engineering and serving on Troop Transport as an Ensign during the Battle of the North Atlantic in WWII. He later transferred to the Pacific and served on a Naval Submarine (45-46). Charlie remained in the Naval Reserve until 1959.
Charlie attended Bera College in Kentucky and Northwestern University, where he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He moved to Milwaukee, accepting a position as a junior engineer for Wisconsin Electric. After 41 years of service he retired from Wisconsin Energies as CEO/Chairman. Charlie’s guidance of the company centered around; “Conservation, Communication, and Community involvement. He lived by those same standards.
A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, from 2:00 PM until the time of service at 4:00 PM, a reception will follow. Private family committal services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Charles’ name to the Milwaukee YMCA; where he started a Mentor Program, would be appreciated.
YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee WI 53203
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