Charles J. Grimse

July 11, 1994 - July 5, 2019

Charles James Grimse

7/11/1994 – 7/5/2019

Charles was an original. Son, brother, friend, writer, singer, musician, actor. Charles was a spark from day one. He oozed personality. He was dynamic and drew people to him. He was extremely clever. Charles had a love of words that was immeasurable. He had a talent for turning a phrase. He understood the world through words, sounds, and music. His love for books and music began as a baby. Charles loved books. He would sit and look through board book after board book, and was able to read by age 4. One astute middle school teacher called him a “renaissance man with an attitude.” He loved classic rock, spinning vinyl, and all sorts of video games - from pixelated PC games to Nintendo 64 classics to Final Fantasy on the PlayStation. Charles was a proud graduate of BHS and Waubonsee Community College, and attended Milliken University and Columbia College, Chicago. As a student, Charles worked at Barnes and Noble, where he enjoyed his daily interactions with guests and co-workers. Charles was a gift – a gift to all who knew him. He was so loved and will be so missed.

He is survived by his heartbroken friends and family. Parents Amy and James, Brothers Jack (Inga Guliyeva) and Patrick. Grandparents Judith Dye and Len Paplauskas, Victor Dye and Joyce Richards. Aunts and Uncles Alison and Daniel Sylwestrak, Lisa Dye and Steve Kushner, Ralph and Denise Grimse, Mark and Brenda Grimse, Grant and Laura Paplauskas. And by his beloved cousins Stephen Sylwestrak and SonjaMae Langton-Yanowitz, Walker Vance and Hyeji Boo, Brittany Sylwestrak, Phillip Sylwestrak, Ralph and Amanda Grimse, Jennifer and Terry Scherr. Charles is preceded in death by his devoted grandparents Ralph and Virginia Grimse.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Charles’ love of learning and books with a donation to the Batavia Public Library. Please dedicate your donation of books or music to Charles J. Grimse.   

Please join us for a Celebration of Charles’ life on Thursday, July 11th.  Gathering will be held at Riverview Banquets, 1117 N. Washington Avenue, Batavia, IL 60510 beginning at 6:00pm followed by a short program at 6:30.  Family welcomes all to stay for a reception following the program. 

Guest Book

  • Rabia Siddiqui My deepest condolences to the family. May you find peace and comfort in the memories you cherish with your son.
  • Denise Yauney My deepest sympathy for the tragic loss of Charles.He was a very charming young man. Im praying for your family , God will give you peace and comfort through this difficult time
  • The Menola Family With Deepest Sympathy...So very sorry for your loss..our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Peggy Soukup I am very sorry for your loss. I am heartbroken for you and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Connie Christoff I just saw this notice. I am so sorry to hear about Charles. I loved hearing his life story. My heart goes out to you.
  • Laurie Jecha Beard God bless you all during this very difficult time. My heart goes out to you. With my deepest sympathy.
  • Laura Trevino I just learned of the sad, sad news... My heart goes out to you James & Amy and family. Our heartfelt condolences and we'll keep you in our thoughts & prayers.
  • Justin Birchard You were a super-charged, intergalactic, lightning bolt of life. A purveyor of dreams. A peddler of joy. A teammate of mischief. Consistently questing. Constantly curious. Brilliantly silly. Exceptionally accepting. It's painful to say goodbye, but I'm so happy that I knew you. We will carry you with us until the very end Charles J. Grimse. Thank you for you.
  • Haley Grant I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I knew Charles during high school and he was such a kind person. I will miss him very much.
  • Amy F Charles was such a cool cat. We had an ASL class at Waubonsee together and was such a fun guy to get to know. I loved keeping up with him on Facebook, and seeing him when I went in for coffee at the bookstore. His presence will be sorely missed.
  • Doreen Pylar Sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers
  • Karen Polenz What a lovely tribute to your son. I'm so sorry for your loss.
  • Ian Hicks Charles was my best friend circa 2000. While I lost contact with Charles after leaving Batavia, Charles reached out on Facebook in high school and several other times throughout college. Despite our relatively short time in each other's lives, I will always treasure my friendship with Charles -- even at age six/seven, Charles was one of the most unique individuals I have had the pleasure of knowing. I am incredibly sad that I will no longer get to see glimpses of the person Charles grew into, and will forever cherish our childhood memories.
  • The Kruse Family Charles, (aka Chucko to my kids) was always the first friend at our house when the boys would come home. He was completely comfortable here and was just like another kid of ours. He always made sure to greet us all when he was here and had a genuine love for all of our kids. The deep conversations around the dinner table or fire pit were always a glimpse inside his brilliant mind. We are sure going to miss his shenanigans, charm, wit and love, and most of all, that deep belly laugh that you could hear 2 floors away. He made such a beautiful difference in all our lives.
  • Dawn Stark It is hard to express in words this tragic loss of life. What, When and Why are all the questions we ask ourselves and of our Lord every day. My deepest sympathies to his parents, brothers, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. The memories and goals of Charles Grimse will be with us all forever now.
  • Ted Clauser I am deeply saddened by the loss of this wonderful young man - Charles. From the moment I first met him in the LRC at Alice Gustafson Elementary, I knew that he was a charmer! He will always be a memorable AGS gator with wit and wisdom beyond his years, and a special twinkle in his soulful eyes. Thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
  • Eli Masini What an unbelievable loss. I'll never forget Charles from the time I knew him in high school. My heart breaks and I send my deepest condolences to his loved ones.
  • Holly Landem So very sorry for your loss of your very talented son! When we saw him last he was looking forward to going back to Columbia college. I can’t even imagine the pain you all are in right now! See you on Thursday. Our best, Holly and the office of Dr. Garvin
  • Andrew Pelletier Charles was definitely one of the most unique classmates I’ve known from high school. He was always super passionate in everything he did. I remember looking up to him as an under classman. I will cherish our memories I was lucky enough to share with him in the classroom and preforming on stage.
  • Jim and Barb Douglas Amy, James and family, We can't even put to words how devastating the loss of Charles is. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We remember quite the character he was even at young age. Being himself and being so darling. We are so so sorry. Jim and Barb
  • Elise Mastin He was an inspiration and a true creative. I remember late night talks and his profound words, even in just passing, his soul was cosmic. I will miss him deeply, and hope his light will continue to shine even in his passing. My condolences to all who knew him and especially to those who won't get the chance to.
  • Amtul Sultan So sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
  • Megan Kelzer Karim From the moment I met Charles on the first day of Cultural Studies his freshmen year he made an impression. He insisted I called him "Grimse." As a new teacher I told him I have to call him Charles. He said "even at home they call me Grimse." From then on I knew that Grimse would keep me on my toes. He made me a better teacher and I will always be grateful that he was my student. I cannot begin to convey my sadness over his tragic passing. It was truly a privilege to be a small part of his life. But his light will continue to shine in each person he touched.
  • Ken and Terri Mate We are so very sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. We have wonderful memories of such a great kid who was a wonderful friend to our daughter Mindy who is the same age. Having lost our 21 year old son Daniel last year, we know the pain and heartache losing a child at such a young age is and I do not wish it on anyone. May you find strength and comfort in the memories you shared together.
  • Christine C Breiten I did not know your son but my deepest condolences for a life gone too soon. I will hold you all in my heart as you celebrate him on his birthday and beyond and am so sorry for your loss.
  • Barb and Mark Sekelsky Our sincerest condolences for the loss of James. He was too young to leave this earth. We never know why our Heavenly Father takes our loved ones when he does. Prayers for all of you. May your memories get you through these difficult days ahead
  • Nicol Christianson So sorry for your loss. Charles was a light in my classroom.
  • The Chasmar Family Charles, it was always a pleasure whenever you would come by to hang out with our son. Your unique insight and intellect made me feel so honored to have had the opportunity to converse with you. Our whole family will mourn your absence on this physical plane. We are praying for your family.
  • Damion Charles, I love you more than anything brother and I know your eccentric and loving energy has moved on to a better place, every time I was with you I was always rocking a smile and always had my creative juices flowing, you are an outstanding friend and an even better person who loved more than most could handle. I’ll miss you a lot my friend, and I’ll always remember you and cherish all the memories you’ve allowed me to have, love you so much brother.
  • Cherity Lamphear James and family, I am so very sorry for the tragic loss of your son. I am truly heartbroken for you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.
  • Scott Mitchell Charles and I were suite-mates in Dolson our freshman year at Millikin. What I’ll never forget about him was his indomitable sense of fellowship. We had some happy times, sad times, frustrating times, and just plain silly times during that year and beyond. I’ll certainly miss him dearly. OAS AAS LLS
  • Bill, Jeanne, Mike and Robert Fornari We send our heartfelt condolences to your family and mourn the loss of such a kind and talented young man.
  • Bill, Jeanne, Mike and Robert Family We send our heartfelt condolences to your family and mourn the loss of such a kind and talented young man.
  • Kim Neidermyer Extremely sorry to hear of your loss. I pray the special memories you shared will bring you comfort in the coming months. You will remain in my thoughts.
  • Michelle Eckerle We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Michelle & John