WILMINGTON – Chuck Kuebler, 58, of Wilmington, N.C., went missing on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, while doing what he loved, swimming pier-to-pier at Wrightsville Beach.
He was born Feb. 2, 1958, in Staten Island, N.Y., to Joan Forsyth Kuebler and the late Bernard Donald Kuebler Sr.
Mr. Kuebler graduated from Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, N.J. He then attended Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville, N.J., where he was a member of the Business Club and the golf team. He then went on to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., where he played golf and was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity; he graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
Chuck and Rose lived in many places before settling in Wilmington, N.C., in 1991. For several years he worked as a shipping and logistics professional then as a business development expert and umpire in his later years.
Outside of his work, he was a devoted, supportive husband and father. He was heavily involved in the community and coached many youths in various sports over the years.
Youth sports were near and dear to him, and he did anything to help young athletes improve their skills, whether he was coaching baseball at Supper or Winter Park Optimist, basketball at the Wilmington YMCA or Halo Hoops, or golf as a volunteer coach through The First Tee.
Besides coaching, he was an active spectator at various sporting events throughout North Carolina – his favorites being American Legion Post 10, UNC-Wilmington and Guilford Technical Community College baseball. He always supported athletes within the community, especially those at The Miracle League of Wilmington and at Laney High School, where he also served as president and treasurer of the Laney High School Athletic Booster Club. He personally enjoyed many sports, but his passion was golf. Outside of golf, he was a huge fan of the Cleveland Browns and the New York Yankees.
Mr. Kuebler love for the Wilmington community inspired him to run for New Hanover County Commissioner in 2014. He was a caring person who always had a smile on his face and would do anything to help anyone in need, whether he knew them or not. He touched many hearts and will be greatly missed in the Wilmington community.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 33 years, Rose Kuebler; two sons, Andrew and Jonathan; siblings Mary Beth Maresca (John), Caroline, Bernard Jr. (Robin); many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his beloved pets.
The family extended thanks to everyone in the community for support and prayers and for helping with the search efforts. Specifically, they thanked the U.S. Coast Guard, the Wrightsville Beach Police and Fire Departments, the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue Squad and Lifeguards, the Long and Pleasant families and the Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons for their continued time and resources.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market St., Wilmington, N.C. A Celebration of Life ceremony will follow at 6 p.m., officiated by the Rev. Robert J. Kus of the Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary, where Mr. Kuebler was an active parishioner. The family requests that those in attendance wear bright-colored, casual or sports attire like “Chuck” always wore – no formal wear. Those wishing to say a few words or tell a story about Mr. Kuebler will be given the opportunity.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any organization that assisted with the search efforts for Mr. Kuebler or to any organization that Mr. Kuebler volunteered with or supported over the years.
Condolences to the family can be offered at www.andrewsmortuary.com.