Charles Marc Wallin, age 43, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on June 17th, 2018

WallinOn December 26th 1974 many waited for what they thought to be the second coming. Instead coming in at a close second (in his mothers eyes anyways!) was Charles Marc Wallin.

Growing up, Charles quickly earned the title of “our favorite child.” However, his status also owed something to the fact that he came after Chris – whose behavior was akin to having a wild banshee in the house.

His parents, Eileen Elliott and Craig Wallin, constantly effused about “how attractive Charles was” and how “Charles could be a child model.” And Charles WAS undoubtedly a good looking kid however juxtaposed with siblings like Chris who resembled a chimpanzee, Erin who liked to dress like Peter Pan and often thought she was Peter, and Maureen who had scoliosis like Quasimodo, Charles competition was scant to say the least.

Charles was born an old soul. He enjoyed intimate conversations, Elvis, The Rat Pack, road trips with his closest friends, playing chess, rolling his own smokes, Hawaiian shirts, straw hats and bolo ties. He was smart. Funny. And he could get away with the most sarcastic of remarks because he had the gentlest of spirits.

Charles was a lifelong resident of Lombard and this is where most of the magic happened. He graced the stage of Glenbard East as a promising thespian, found his lifelong friends, became a comic book aficionado, and an earnest debater of religious dogmatism with Father Castle and later his sister Maureen (Mother Mo) from Calvary Episcopal Church where he grew up and continued to attend until his last days. He served as Mr. Z’s store manager for years, had a son named Connor, and bought a house in Lombard. Records of some of his more dubious achievements can most likely be found at the DuPage County Court House.

After finishing high school, Charles ventured out to Northern University with some of his closest friends, founding what they referred to as “The Top Drawer” — which was really just a cool name for their party house. But before finishing at Northern he felt the arts calling him and left to attend Columbia University with dreams of studying film.

So many things seem to be of little significance in Charles life in comparison to the memories, moments and stories he shared with those he loved most. He held these moments in his heart and treasured them more than gold. This is probably why he was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often.

Charles died knowing that Monty Python and the Holy Grail was the best movie ever, Dean Martin and Elvis were without a doubt the coolest men to walk the earth (although Jesus was moving up in the ranks), his sister Maureen knew more about the Bible than he’d ever care to admit. And perhaps most emphatically — no one came close to how awesome and funny his son Connor was.

Charles Wallin escaped this mortal realm on Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at the age of 43.  We think he did this to escape the current presidency but this could be debated. He is survived by his parents Eileen Elliott and Craig Wallin, sisters Erin (Rumer) and Maureen (O’Connor), son Connor Wallin and “wife” Jennifer Connelly, who stared in many 1980’s hit films.

He was preceded in death by his brother Christopher Wallin, who has been given strict instructions to get him into whatever heavenly club Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop are preforming.

Cremation will take place at the family’s convenience, and his ashes will be kept around as long as they match our décor.

Visitation will begin on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 3-9pm with a Memorial Service beginning at 6:30pm. Don’t be late!  His sister Maureen is the priest and she’s crazy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church’s discretionary fund that helps people in need in our community.


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Tim Gunderson says:

    RIP Charles.

    I still remember meeting Charles in the dorms at NIU…
    all of us kids trying to figure out where we belonged in the early 90’s… and then this guy showed up.
    Almost otherworldly, he dressed like Bing Crosby yet knew everything about the KLF!?! He could have intelligent discussions for hours on any topic and turned us all onto classic cinema & music, etc. Pretty soon we had all watched “The Philadelphia Story” 50 times, and would stay up late listening to Sinatra drinking highballs (except for me, my drink was ‘red pop’). Being the only student smoking a pipe, he reminded me of my great grandfather (thanks!), and him making spam in the kitchen at 4am reminded me of no one ever.

    As a fellow founding member, he was an integral part of “The Top Drawer”… i’m not sure it would’ve even happened without him, and if it did… it would not have been the same.

    He made my college experience extraordinary, and i thank him for the memories!

  2. Chris Phipps says:

    I worked with Charlie at Mr.Z’s. He was always friendly and helpful to me sad to hear he has passed. RIP my friend.

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