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“Carol, Linda and I wnat to express our deepest sympathies. We will always remember and hold dear our memories of Chuck. I can see him smiling with...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Dan Reynolds & Linda Reynolds - AZ

“Dear Carol, I am so sorry to learn of Chuck's passing. I have fond memories of Chuck and you, especially the wonderful Christmas celebrations you...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Rosemary Coplan - IL

“Dear Carol, When you came to my house to do silk painting, you told me of the wonderful experiences you and your husband had in Australia. I'm...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Jean Johnson - Davenport, IA

“I am deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Charles Laws passing. I will always recall with great fondness the 14 years that I worked with Chuck and the...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Lupe Reyes, Jr. - Corpus Christi, TX

“Carol and family, I lost tract of high school friends when I left Moline but have wonderful memories of Chuck from high school. I am so glad we were...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Pat Quilty Keller - Seattle, WA

“Carol: Chuck was one of my favorite people - always approached any assignment with a smile and an enthusiastic response to the challenges set before...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Alban E. Reid - The Sea Ranch, CA

“Mr. Laws was my teacher during my Junior year of High School at Moline. I had a terrible school girl crush and I was the only one who knew it. ...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Linda Coleman Fletcher - Colona, IL

“We all knew this was coming,as it is for all of us. However, we are never really prepared. Chuck was a sweet man, a kind man, a gentle man. He was...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Sally Sohner

“Sorry for your lossChuck was great Guy.With deepest. Sympathy ”
9 of 28 | Posted by: Bill Pearson - MOLINE, IL

“Carol and Family, I was truly saddened to read of Chuck's passing. In working closely with him for many years, I was always very impressed with his...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Herb Lyon - Las Cruces, NM

“I remember Chuck from high school in Moline and his special friendship with my brother Earle Van Gilder. He was a deeply loved and respected man to...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Patty Shicks - Siouc Center, IA

“More than a friend, not a brother but beyond that someone who I was honored to share memories and adventures too numerous to count. He and his...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Earle E. Van Gilder - Mesa, AZ

“I met Chuck in 1953 on a football field in Kewanee Il, The score of the game was Kewanee 13 Moline 13,Chuck and I bumped heads for 48 minutes.Then in...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Tony Ruthey - East Moline, IL

“Dear Carol & Gretchen, Our deepest condolences during this very difficult time. I can still remember Chuck working so hard at your dad's house,...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Jodie & Kevin Hudson - friend

“We wish to express our condolences to your family. Chuck was always a great person and a joy to know. He will be missed by all who knew him. ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: Jo Ann & Italo Milani - IL

16 of 28 | Posted by: IRENE KERR - MOLINE, IL - FRIEND

“Carol & Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Chcuk was a great boss and wonderful leader. I will never forget how...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Claranne Perkins - B;oomington, IL

“When I think of Black Hawk College, I think of Chuck Laws. He was influential in the inception of WQPT, in the successful move to the new campus and...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Deborah Doehler - past employee

“Chuck was such a great guy. He accomplished a lot in his lifetime and brightened the lives of many people. I know he is remembred and will be...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Marilyn Shearer - Salt Lake City, UT

“Dear Carol and Family, please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Chuck was such a wonderful neighbor and friend, I'm sure he will be...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Phydalis Bohanon - FL - Fiend

“Dear Carol and Family: Please accept our sincere sympathy. I hope you can reflect on the life Chuck lived and be proud of both his contributions...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Linnea Thompson & Allen McCaulley - IL

“Carol, As we look back at all the good times we had together, all our trips together were adventures because you were our tour guide. We were...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Chuck and Linda Carlsen - KS

“Carol and family, please accept my condolences on the passing of Charles. No matter how prepared we think we are the actual loss of a loved one is...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Jan Strader - Cape Coral, FL

“Only met Mr. Laws once, but I agree, he had a "sparkle" in his eyes. He went to school with Jim Weerts who always spoke so highly of him. I know he...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: TR Phyle - Bradenton, FL

“My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. There are so many fun memories of Chuck and his friendship was something special. Now he and Russ...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Sandra Lagerblade

“What wonderful memories we all have of Chuck for so many years. My heartfelt condolences go to his entire family. He now joins many of our dear...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Sandra Lagerblade

“"Chuck" always had a smile and kind greeting for me every time I saw him. He was my teacher, my coach, my fellow Rotarian, and a friend. He is...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Rick Anderson - The Villages, FL

“I extend my deep sympathy to the family of Charles Laws. Dr. Laws was a wonderful and caring executive at Black Hawk College. He was always very...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Stephen Baldridge - Moline, IL

Charles E. Laws, 75 of Moline passed away March 18, 2011 at Manor Care in Davenport.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 22nd at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd.,
6601-38th Avenue, Moline. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Private burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Moline prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the QC Animal Welfare in Milan, Black Hawk College Foundation in Moline or Niabi Zoological Society, Coal Valley.

Chuck was born on February 4, 1936 in Quincy, IL the son of Leon and Helen Hagen Laws. He married Carol Johnson on March 28, 1959.

Chuck was a teacher and coach at Moline High School for 9 years. At Moline, he was the sophomore wrestling coach, and his team went on to become Illinois State Champions. He was employed as a college administrator at Black Hawk College for 30 years. He started at the 16th Street Black Hawk College, and was instrumental in the building and planning of the current Black Hawk College Campus. He later worked as Director of the Quad Cities Graduate Center for 9 years, retiring in 2005.

He graduated from Moline High School in 1954. He received a BA Degree from Northwestern University where he was a member of the football team under Coach Ara Parsegian and also was on the wrestling team. While at Northwestern, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He received a Master of Education Degree from the University of Illinois, and a Doctorate of Education from Southeastern Nova University in Florida.

Chuck was a Moline Rotary member, and also on the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He was a board member of the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club, where he enjoyed playing golf.

He loved boating with his family on the Rock River and Mississippi River, and also in the Florida Keys where they spent hours snorkeling on the reefs. His greatest joy was doing things with his kids while they were growing up. On the 4th of July, he built a float on their little red wagon for the guinea pig, Boo-Boo, so they could pull it in the parade.

His family vacations to Florida and Colorado were very special. The greatest one was in 2007 when he and Carol spent 3 months in New Zealand and Australia. He was so impressed with the scenery and the exotic animals. This was a happy time for him. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren and their activities. Chuck was known by all for his sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye.

Wife Carol
Daughter Gretchen (Jim) McLaughlin and grandsons Tom, Andy and Will of Moline
Granddaughter Anna Menne and son-in-law Scott Menne of Minnesota
Brother Richard (Betty) Laws Moline
Brother-in-law Guy Groman Moline
Several nieces, nephews and cousins

He was preceded in death by his daughter Lisa, his parents and his sister Katherine Groman.

Online condolences may be expressed to Chuck’s family by visiting his obituary at