Obituary for Charles Nahlik
Nahlik, Col. (Ret.) Charles V., US Army Reserve, fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, died on 26 August 2017 after a heroic battle with cancer. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Carole Gibbons Nahlik, of High Ridge, MO; loving daughters and sons-in-law: Mary and Robert Plumlee, Hermann, MO; Sandra and David Pollmann, Des Peres, MO; and Susan and Chris Muller, Omaha, NE; six beloved grandchildren: Amanda, Mary and Lauren Pollmann; and CJ, Will, and Katie Muller; and his brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Pat Nahlik, Fenton, MO. Charlie also had three nieces and a nephew, multiple cousins, and countless friends who will miss him sorely.
A graduate of Christian Brothers College High School and the United States Military Academy at West Point, Charlie spent decades serving his country. He was an active-duty officer for 15 years, decorated for his service in Okinawa, Vietnam, and Germany as well as at multiple posts across the United States. His various duties included being an Air Defense Tactical Director, AG Company Commander, Battalion and Group Adjutant, District Senior Advisor in Vietnam, Battalion XO and S3, Headquarters Commandant, Readiness Group Administrative Advisor, special Project Officer in charge of High Altitude Leaflet Operations in Vietnam and Korea, and Project Officer for the Mobilization Preassignment Program.
He joined the Army Reserves and became a Federal civilian employee upon his return to the St. Louis area in 1978. He held multiple positions at the US Army Reserve Personnel Records Center until his retirement as deputy chief of its Operations Center in 1997. He retired from the Reserves in 1992. Charlie felt honored to be a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
After his retirement, Charlie, the son of the late Della and Vic Nahlik of House Springs, MO, became a genealogy expert. He documented his family’s Czech heritage, connected with relatives during travels to the Czech Republic, and co-authored/contributed to Jefferson County, Missouri, History & Families, a history of Jefferson County published in 2015. He served as President of the Jefferson County Genealogical Society and specialized in documenting gravesites in historic church cemeteries across Missouri.
Charlie’s greatest joys were his wife, children, and grandchildren. Each of them will forever cherish the memory of his smiling face and the legacy of love and caring he left them.
Charlie loved life and relished making people laugh. Whether on a ski trip, receiving an infusion at the Pratt Center at Mercy Hospital, or rehearsing at a West Point Glee Club Reunion, Charlie always had some prank up his sleeve. Family members, friends, and classmates often swapped tales of the good-natured practical jokes he played on them. The best testimony to Charlie’s likeability is the neighborhood children knocking on his door asking if he could “come out to play.”
Charlies family, who loved him beyond measure, will be receiving friends at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122 on Wednesday, 30 August, from 2:00 to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 17 Ann Avenue, Valley Park, MO 63088 at 10:00 AM on Thursday, 31 August, followed by interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to the Gary Sinise Foundation (www.garysinisefoundation.org), which is dedicated to honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need; or to the CBC class of ’58 Scholarship Fund.