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Charles "Chuck" 


Click here to view services and military honors held on Thursday, August 20th, 2020 at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery


Charles “Chuck” McMurry from Bay View, WI was called to eternal peace on Wednesday July 22, 2020 at the age of 67 years.

Beloved husband of Elizabeth (Tyborski) for 48 years. Loving father of Christopher and Sheryl (Rich) Fronek.

Proud “PaPa” of Dana, Taylor, Ashlee and Cooper. Dear brother of Nancy (Lee) Brown and Patrick (Gail). Brother-in-law of Mary Ann Kaminsky, Geri Bucklin, and Ken (Ellen) Tyborski.  Further survived by other relatives and many wonderful friends.

Chuck grew up in Jacksonville, FL. He served in the US Navy 1971-1977 as a Second Class Boiler Technician on the USS Albany CG10. The Albany was homeported in Mayport, FL, Philadelphia, PA, Norfolk, VA and Gaeta, Italy.

As a civilian, he worked as a boiler attendant at Lutheran hospital and also at the 440th TAW air force base. He then went on to work at the Silver Spring Army base and Griffin Services on the R&U maintenance team maintaining the heating and air conditioning at army reserve bases throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Once he retired, he took up woodcarving to make toys for the grandkids. He was known as “The Top Man” at the folk fair and various craft fairs in the area, he was the owner and designer of GyreToys. He always had on his Blue Jean bib overalls with a smile ready to educate the people attending his display stands. He would tell them about the wood he used, how the top was made, and he’d show them how to use and care for the Tops. He created pirouette Tops as well as Tippy Tops, all personally carved and some even painted by hand. There are many of his videos on youtube for viewing if you search “Gyretoys” so you can enjoy his work. He sold his Tops on eBay, at Cedarburg Toys and at craft fairs. One of his tops was used as a prop in a broadway play and several have been sent to people across the world.

He loved wood working and was an active member in the “Milwaukee area wood turners” group. He made various things from wood for anyone who asked or gave him a challenge. He was still a kid at heart in many ways and carried his tops with him everywhere we went. He made many friends, showing off his amazing work.

He had many interests including computers, gardening and chatting with friends about anything and everything! Chuck’s greatest joy in life was watching his children and grandchildren grow, along with watching all of their activities. He was very proud of his family and so amazed by their accomplishments. Additionally he loved traveling to visit family and friends around the US, all while spending time with the love of his life and amazing wife Liz.

A private Military Service will be held at Union Grove Veterans Cemetery on August 20, 2020 at 10 am. The military service will be recorded and available for viewing. Masks are required if attending in person and space is limited, please contact the family for more information.

A “Celebration of life” will be held on August 22, 2020 at private residence. Contact family for details.

In lieu of flowers donations to Arbor Day Foundation in memory of Charles McMurry would be greatly appreciated.

As he watches over us, we will miss him and cherish the memories made with him.


  1. JOELLEN F FRONEK July 29, 2020 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    My prayers are with you all. He will be greatly missed .

  2. Nancy July 29, 2020 at 7:49 pm - Reply


    My dear, much loved big brother, I miss you more than words can tell. My heart aches each day for you, your departure from this world was devastating to so many of us.
    I love you so very much, and will miss hearing your voice, your advice, and reading new emails from you. You were a strong brother, a good man, and most importantly, you did tell many people about Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, for all who will repent of their sins and ask Him to be their Lord and Saviour.
    We had such good talks about the bible, and I know you’d be perfectly fine with this being said on your page.
    Eternity, something I know you looked forward to. So glad you were at peace with Jesus before you died. I love you and you hold a special place in my heart that only a big brother can have.
    Your memories for me will be precious and treasured. Love you much, you sister Nanner.

  3. Nancy July 29, 2020 at 7:57 pm - Reply


    I miss you so much, Chuck.

  4. Heidi Sue Signorella July 30, 2020 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    My condolences to Liz and family.

    • Liz September 20, 2020 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      Thank you Heidi. Stop by or contact me sometime. Id like to catch up.

  5. Jerry and Patty Lovas July 30, 2020 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss . Our prayers go out to the family. Chuck was a wonderful guy and a great neighbor.

  6. Cindy Voelz August 3, 2020 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Dale and Jane Stefanich August 6, 2020 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Our condolences to Lia and family. May you find comfort in knowing he is resting in the loving arms of our Savior.

  8. Jackie and Matt August 20, 2020 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    You will be missed Chuck, and we will speak of you often with a smile.

  9. Reva Johnson August 20, 2020 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss may the good Lord look over all of you during the hard time

  10. Heather Dietrich August 21, 2020 at 9:36 am - Reply

    So sorry for this loss. As i grew up with you just houses away through my childhood you became like family to me. You will be missed. Im sad the last time i seen you was in my younger years. I wish i had been around more after, but my life for some time was a mess.
    You were the great escape for me and my brother, and taught us many things in life we are ever so grateful for. You and your family showed us love. We will forever miss you and you are in our hearts.

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