Charles DeMarse

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Chuck DeMarse passed away on August 7, 2021, in Melbourne, Florida.

He was born on May 8, 1956, in East St. Louis, Illinois and lived in Belleville, Illinois until he moved to Melbourne in 1988.  Chuck owned a successful painting business in the Melbourne area for over 30 years and was a member of the Calvary Chapel Church where he practiced his faith and made many friends.  Chuck loved his God, loved his family and loved his friends.  He also really loved the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues!  Chuck will be greatly missed by all!!

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Sr. and Suzanne, nee Gerold, DeMarse; and his nephew, Tim Frazier.

Surviving are his siblings, Don DeMarse, Jr., Gerry (Susan) DeMarse, Liz (Tim) Messbarger, and Cynthia (Mike) Biggs;
nieces and nephews, Christine (Mike) Todd, Donyelle (Austin) Theis, Lauren and Megan DeMarse, Austin Frazier, Eric (Katlyn) Frazier, Anna “Toots” Messbarger (Justin Dulle), Mike Biggs, Doug (Dawn) Biggs, Jeff (Meaghan) Schoor, and AJ Biggs;
many cousins, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to Althoff Catholic High School or to Queen of Peace School. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

 Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Masks are required.

 Funeral: Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Matthew Elie officiating. Masks are required.

Burial will be held at a later date.


13 Comments on Charles DeMarse

Kathleen Bronzo said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2021 at 10:17 AM

I am so very sad to hear of the passing of Chuck, I just found out when I went to Sherwin Williams in Brevard to ask if his number had changed. I am in total shock He was just doing painting for me in June. I met Chuck over 25 years ago and he showed up to take aerobics(only Male) at my Health Club Simply Fit in Melbourne,. He was such a bright light and so inspirational to so many people. I know how very close he was with his family. My heart is broken. So sad for this loss. God Bless his family

  • Merritt Island
  • FL
Jeff Whitaker said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2021 at 3:24 PM

Rest in peace, my friend. A great guy with whom I enjoyed a great friendship. Funny, both of us from Belleville, IL and we enjoyed our many conversations at Calvary Chapel in West Melbourne, FL. about the Cardinals and everything else that mattered. I know we will meet again in Heaven, my brother in Christ Jesus. What a comfort and joy that is to all who believe in and follow Jesus!

  • Greenville
  • OH
Bradley S Frischkorn said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2021 at 7:58 AM

So sorry to hear about Chuck had some great times. he was a great catcher in little league baseball. spent a lot of time walking the tracks and hanging out under the bridge.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mike Hickey said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2021 at 5:55 PM

RIP, my friend. You were a joy to be around!

  • Seattle
  • WA
Kevin P Hannigan said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2021 at 3:23 PM

Chuck was a great guy. Proud to call him a friend. Growing up with Chuck was blast. Plying under the bridge, hunting down the tracks, throwing rock at anything that moved, building great forts, even getting to go fishing with Grandpa Gerald. Plus Chuck had great parents and wonderful siblings and cousins. Chuck, the world is a bit more dim without you. God Bless

  • Plymouth
  • MN
Ceil Holzmeier said : Guest Report Sep 17, 2021 at 1:37 PM

Holts and I were very sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. We won't be able to make it Sunday, but please know all of you are in our thoughts.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Ed Price (Spanky) said : Guest Report Sep 17, 2021 at 8:03 AM

So sorry to hear about Chucks passing. We grew up in the same neighborhood and played ball together.

  • Ft Myers
  • FL
Janie Read said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2021 at 9:03 PM

Don, Jerry, Liz and Cynthia I am so sorry for your loss. Chuck was a good and gentle man. Taken way too early. May you find peace in sweet memories of times and talks together. Chuck had a positive influence in my life and I am forever grateful. Janie Read

  • Santa Rosa
  • CA
Kristina Toro said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2021 at 8:48 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Chucks passing. He will be dearly missed. We knew of him through his work and appreciated him so much. A true gem in this world.

  • Melbourne
  • FL
Dennis and Kathy Anich said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2021 at 11:18 AM

Don, Gerry, Liz, and Cynthia, I am so sorry to hear about Chuck's passing. I can't imagine the hurt you're feeling. Your family is so close and look out for each other. My wife Kathy, never meet Chuck, but I told her all about him and what great friend he is. He will be dearly missed. Good bye old friend.

  • Fort Worth
  • TX
Steve & Debbie Craig said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2021 at 9:23 AM

We send your family our deepest sympathy & condolences. Chuck was way too young…may he Rest In Peace. May God comfort your family & dear friends. ✝️

  • Swansea
  • Il
Janet MUSHILL Tauber said : Guest Report Sep 15, 2021 at 6:58 PM

So sorry to hear about Chuck’s passing.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Janet

  • Belleville
  • Il
Judy and John Dona said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2021 at 7:32 PM

So sorry for your family’s loss.

  • Cape Girardeau
  • MO

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