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George Matthew Charts

George Matthew Charts passed peacefully at his home in Phoenix, Arizona on May 29th, 2021 at the age of 66.

George was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent his youth in Illinois and Wisconsin. He graduated from Grayslake High School and Northern Illinois University, and also studied at the College of Lake County.
As an adult, he landed in Arizona where he had a rewarding career as a biomedical engineer for Indian Health Services. It was there where he was able to fulfill his dream of living in the mountains in Pinetop.

His favorite things in life were live music, adventure, sports, and time with loved ones.

Whether hitchhiking across the country, camping, skiing, fishing or dirt bike riding, George was always up for an adventure. He was fond of sharing adventures with others and was full of wonderful stories.

George loved playing tennis and softball, winning many championships. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan. Later on in life, he found enjoyment in racquetball and golf.

He adored spending time with family and friends. His biggest joy in life was being a father.

George found deep gratitude for life through a strong faith in God and Jesus.

George is preceded in death by his mother Helen. He will be lovingly remembered by his son Matt, daughter Kendra, his two grandchildren Sage and Fletcher, his life partner Abby and her family, his sister Mary, and his brothers Richard, Mark, Tom, and Jack.

A celebration of life will be held in his honor in Illinois and Arizona at a later date. A burial will also be held at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL.



  • Mark Charts Posted June 4, 2021 6:59 PM

    Georgie Porgie. You left too too soon. I have great memories of our adventures as preteens and later as teens. Nicholas, Theodore and I miss you. You were a swell wuja and brother. Say Hi to Mom, Dad, and Christine.

    • Kendra Charts Posted June 4, 2021 8:16 PM

      He sure did love telling stories about the times you had together. We sure do miss him.

  • Jacob S Charts Posted June 4, 2021 7:36 PM

    He was a fighter and a lover of life. His home was surrounded with art work (alot of native Indian art.) , good literature and great music. He was the athlete and the adventurer. He circumnavigated all parts of the great state of Arizona, and timeshared all over North America. He tried to share his wisdom, and affectious laugh with all around him. He had a great sense of humor, a lover of nature, and a smart thrifty business sense.. He will be forever missed, He was very healthy most of his life, but tragically was taken away, way to soon. He fought to the end, He was a fighter and a lover of life.

    • Kendra Charts Posted June 4, 2021 8:11 PM

      Thank you for sharing these words, they are sweet and thoughtful.

  • Kendra Charts Posted June 4, 2021 8:23 PM

    Dad, you opened my eyes to a world of wonder, possibility and adventure. You taught me to always do my best and never give up. I am so grateful for your kindness, zest for life and the friendship we had. Thanks for all the wonderful memories and good times. I am a better person because of you. Love you and will miss you always. You will forever be in my heart.

    • Bonnie Bloom Posted June 5, 2021 5:45 PM

      My condolences, Kendra. ❤️

  • Matt Charts Posted June 4, 2021 9:17 PM

    Dad and I would always call each other Bud. Many of my friends knew that about us and they would ask me how Bud or the Bud man is doing. Dad will always be my Bud Man! He was a best friend and a great father

    • Bonnie Bloom Posted June 5, 2021 5:47 PM

      Beautiful obituary, Matt. My sincere condolences to you and Kendra.

    • Will Tool Posted June 6, 2021 11:40 AM

      George & I knew each other for 33 years. We met skiing in Telluride, CO skiing over Thanksgiving 1987. He was working in Chinle, AZ and I was stationed in Shiprock, NM. We had great camping trips in Dolores, CO. That is where my wife Karen & I met Kendra & Matt. We spent a lot of time together after I transferred to his duty station; Whiteriver hospital in 2005. We had some wonderful times together; camping, hiking, skiing, going to live music venues, & just hanging out. He was a wonderful and caring man. I’ll miss him for the rest of my life. Rest in peace my good friend.

      • Kendra Charts Posted August 25, 2021 2:44 PM

        You were always such a good friend to him. Thank you for that. And thank you for sharing all these beautiful memories.

  • Thomas Charts Posted June 5, 2021 9:59 AM

    George lived a well loved and mystical life. Always surrounded by beautiful Native American Arizona Art work. He overall found Great Love in his Arizona Adventure.. I think he found his calling throughout the Great State of Arizona. He knew where to find Joy and had a generous livelihood. I believe that he had few regrets at least that’s what he told me. He will be remembered as someone who truly loved his life. May we all find similar fortitude..

    • Kendra Charts Posted August 25, 2021 2:45 PM

      Arizona was part of him as he was part of Arizona. It makes me happy to know that he told you he had few regrets in life. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jeannie Posted June 5, 2021 1:58 PM

    My thoughts are with you Matt and Kendra

    • Kendra Charts Posted August 25, 2021 2:46 PM

      Thank you Jeannie.

  • Mary Charts Erb Posted June 5, 2021 5:01 PM

    We all loved George.
    He always stood up for example is: When we left the private school to go to a public school there were bully’s around me…George, would meet me at the bus stop and protest me from them. He was a strong, athletic artistic soul.
    He was my brother that always took me to play sports with him.
    I was so thankful to have spent the last week of George’s life with him in AZ.
    He was a fighter, loved and forgave everyone… thanked God for Jesus his Savior, his strong family , friends and God’s beautiful creation
    He will be missed. ❤️

    • Margie Slamar Posted June 8, 2021 3:30 PM

      I’m so sorry for your loss. May you have memories that bring your heart joy.

  • Meg Brizzolara Posted June 6, 2021 9:32 AM

    I remember a sweet shiny faced kid in Round Lake Il. My condolences to the Charts family.

    • Kendra Charts Posted August 25, 2021 2:42 PM

      What a sweet memory Meg! Thanks for sharing.

  • Abby Posted June 7, 2021 9:34 PM

    To all who knew and loved Georgie…He was my Sweetie. He was one special guy. We met 21 years ago and the rest was history. I have so many memorable memories. Matt and Kendra, we picked on him a lot. In the weeks before he passed, Matt and I were reminiscing our Canada trip and he lovingly said “…and you guys were picking on me.” We did pick on him a lot. He was a great guy. Not a day will go by that I won’t think happy thoughts of him. He will still put a smile on face everyday. We were lucky to have had him in our lives. Love you both Matt and Kendra. He loved you both so much.

    • Kendra Charts Posted August 25, 2021 2:43 PM

      Thank you for the memory and message. It sure was fun teasing him, I think he secretly liked it. Glad you were able to share such beautiful memories together. Lots of love.

  • Judy Posted June 30, 2021 6:50 PM

    Yes, George you left us too soon. There was always so much you wanted to do in retirement. Though I haven’t seen you in many, many years I will always remember your love of travel and adventure and the ability to see life half-full and not half-empty. I can still see you on the Huck Finn raft that we built and floating across the pond. You were a great father and everything you did was for those great kids of yours.

    • Kendra Charts Posted August 25, 2021 2:47 PM

      This is so touching, thank you Judy for sharing.

  • Tom DeCaro Posted February 6, 2022 9:08 PM

    Having relocated to California, I learned of George’s passing belatedly through Matt. I just now found his obituary on this site. I had been expecting George to visit us in San Diego during summer 2021 which is when I heard from Matt. I sure do miss George, as do our golf buddies Bob and Tim. After working at Sacaton IHS with George starting in 1991, we had many great days playing basketball and golfing over the years. Also, many great nights at the “19th hole,” wherever that might have been. Great sports debates always. We all will miss that. Despite the health difficulties the past few years, George truly had a great run.

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