(1922 - 2012)
Charles Thomas Hvass, Sr.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Charles Hvass Sr. of Minneapolis, born April 9, 1922, N.Y., N.Y. died peacefully at age 90 on May 20, 2012, in Delray Beach, Florida. He was predeceased by his parents Florence Antrobus Maedgen and Charles T. Hvass, sister Lucille Clark, first wife Geraldine, second wife Barbara and infant son John. He is survived by his children Diane (Joel) Strangis, Chuck (Connie) Hvass, Gary (Deb) Hvass, Jeff (Beth) Hvass, Jeanne (Mike) Unger, Kathy (Dean) Sanberg, David Bunde, Pat (Brad) Cleveland, Dan (Lynne) Bunde, 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Charley grew up in Lubbock, Texas. He attended the University of Texas graduating from the Law School. During WWII, he was a pilot and Acting Command Pilot, 1st Lieutenant, with the 564thSquadron, 389th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force. He was stationed in Hethel, England and flew bombing missions over Germany.
After law school, he moved to Minnesota, founding Hvass Weisman & King. He was an outstanding plaintiff's personal injury trial lawyer specializing in airplane crash cases. He was known for his thoughtfulness, logic and preparedness. He was a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was president of the International Society of Barristers, Minnesota Trial Lawyers, and the Hennepin County Bar Association.
One of Charley's great passions was golf. He first shot his age at 71 and continued to do so until he was 88. He was a founding member of Deer Run Golf Club; member of Three Score and Ten; president of Golden Valley Country Club, Quail Ridge Country Club, International Seniors Amateur Golf Society, and Minnesota Golf Association. He was a
longtime supporter of the Western Golf Association's Evans Scholars.
Charley was a devout Christian and was active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Charley and his first wife Geraldine Sykora were married for18 years and had eight children together. Geraldine died in a car accident in 1966. In 1967, Charley married Barbara Bunde who had two young sons, whom he adopted. Barb and Charley were married for 35 years before Barb died in 2002.
We will remember his commanding presence, generosity and advice: "Be anxious for nothing."