Charles “Chuck” Cady, 90, died at his home with his family in North Platte on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.
Chuck was born on Nov. 19, 1929 in North Platte to Charles and Ruth Cady. Chuck graduated from North Platte High School and joined the Navy in 1948. He went to boot camp in San Diego, Calif., followed by submarine school in New London, Conn., and returned to San Diego to attend radio school.
Chuck served on USS Baya SS318, USS Chanticleer, USS Pomodon, USS Rock, and USS Snook. On one of his stops in Acapulco, Mexico, his skipper introduced him to a pianist by the name of “Liberace.” Chuck retired from the Navy in 1969.
He then worked for ITT in Tennessee for five years before returning to North Platte where he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and retired as an engineer in February 1997.
On April 8, 1989, Chuck married the love of his life, Karlyn Todd, and he gained three stepsons that he treated as his own. They made their home in North Platte.
Chuck loved to dance, play pool, and golf. He also had a great passion for football, especially his Huskers. Saturday mornings he enjoyed joining his buddies for breakfast at the Lincoln Highway Diner.
Most of his summers were spent at his cabin at Lake McConaughy, where he enjoyed spending time with family, eating delicious dinners, and playing cards with friends Ron and Cathy Heffner.
Chuck’s nine-year-old grandson, Tristen Todd wrote, “There once was an Eagle Spirit that stood for my Papa Chuck. He was fierce, brave, kind, bold, and he was in the Navy.”
Chuck is survived by his wife, Karlyn Cady; stepsons, Tracy (Susan) Todd of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Chadd (Joni) Todd of North Platte; grandchildren, Jessica (Michael) Koch of Fort Stewart, Ga., Brian Todd of Denver, Colo., Toni Allen, Conner (Bailee) Todd, and Tristen Todd, all of North Platte, Brandon (Athena) Todd of Cheyenne, and Doug (Kaylee) Todd of Gothenburg; great-grandchildren, Kylee, Hunter, Kayla, and Barrett; brother-in-laws, Jared (Janet) Interholzinger of Fort Collins, Colo. and Frank D. (Karolyn) Interholzinger of North Platte; sister-in-law, Joan Wilkinson of Billings, Mont.; and cousins, Kay Thomas of Apache Junction, Ariz. and Don (Betty) Haws of North Platte.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruth Cady; stepson, Steven Todd; and cousin, Jerry Thomas.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial services were held Jan. 11 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with Pastor John Stone officiating. Carpenter Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to The United States War Dogs Association and online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com.