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EGELHOF, Charles L. "Chuck"

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EGELHOF, Charles L. "Chuck." (Dubuque, IA, May 2, 1915--Dubuque, IA, Mar. 18, 2002). The son of Louis F. EGELHOF and Louise (Ragatz) Egelhof, Charles attended the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE. While helping his father in the family business, he graduated from the St. Louis Institute of Mortuary Science in 1938. (1) He started driving the ambulance for his father's funeral home when he was sixteen and succeeded his father in owning and operating EGELHOF FUNERAL HOME for more than fifty years.

Active in many civic organizations, Egelhof was a member of the East Dubuque Lions Club, East Dubuque School Board and YM-YWCA and the Dubuque Dock Commission. He was also a Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club and an over fifty-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a long time member of the Dubuque High Twelve Club 119. He also was a member of the Chapter, Council, and Knights Templars of the York Rite of Freemasonry, a Noble of El Kahir Shrine Temple of Cedar Rapids and a member of Oxus Grotto. Egelhof was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.

Charles Egelhof is pictured at the right in the group of three men. Photo courtesy: James Kenline
Sports were an important of Egelhof's life. He was the Dubuque pingpong champion for many years and was among the organizers of the DUBUQUE SPORTS BOWL Stock Car Racing Association. He raced "Energy 1" under the name of "Digger O'Dell." His free time was also spent in the sports of boating, ATVs, motorcycles, and ice racing.
Autograph Album of Favorite Stock Car Drivers. Photo courtesy: Ray Grant
Linwood Cemetery marker



1. "Egelhof Funeral Home," Telegraph-Herald, June 17, 1951, p. 8

"Charles F. "Chuck" Egelhof. Linwood Legacies. Online: http://www.linwoodlegacies.org/the-egelhof-family.html