In memory of Life Member Charles "Chuck" Theiss
By Member Mark Matthews, Sr.
October 8, 2022

Life Member Charles Gustave “Chuck” Theiss, 94, passed away at his home in Fishkill on Friday, October 7, 2022.

Chuck was very active in the community and held many volunteer positions such as the Assessment Review Board (Chairman), Fishkill Rural Cemetery Board of Trustees, Rombout Firemen’s Benevolent Association (President) and Rombout Fire District (Commissioner). His love for volunteer fire service started in 1951 as a firefighter for Protection Engine Company of Fishkill. He served more than 50 years for the Rombout Fire Company, with nearly 75 years of service in total. He was a Life Member of Protection Engine Company, Associate Life Member of Slater Chemical Company (Glenham), and a Charter Life Member of Rombout Fire Company. Service to the community was a big part of his life.

Chuck met his loving wife Dorothea Delahay in Glenham and they were married in 1949 at St. Joachim Church in Beacon. Dottie and Chuck shared 61 years of marriage together, raising their family, and enjoying their grandchildren & great-grandchildren. Dottie passed away in 2010.

Chuck spent his final years playing the role of Grandpa and babysitter.

Survivors include his daughter, Susan Ann Arnold; his son, Charles Emil Theiss; his granddaughters, Jennifer, Tracey, and Deanna; his great-grandchildren, Victoria, Gary, Khloee, Paige, Alexander, and Cole; as well as several nephews, nieces, and their families.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 10 at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11 at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 106 Jackson Street, Fishkill, followed by interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rombout Fire Company, PO Box 401, Fishkill, NY 12524 or the Dutchess County Baseball Hall of Fame, 51 Cramer Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.

Hyperlinks: Obituary via McHoul Funeral Home - Fishkill