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word from Chuck's Family:
Stapel was known for his larger
than life personality, smile that
could light up the darkest skies,
love for his family and friends,
and fearlessness to take on his
dreams. Chuck was a one of a kind
in this world and to have been a
part of his life was a true blessing.
Stapel was a living example of the
true meaning of life, love, friendship,
laughter, loyalty, strength, acceptance,
and forgiveness. His soul is too
large to be contained and he did
not want to be buried among the
dead, he wanted to stay among the
living. One of our dad’s last requests
was that under no circumstances
did he want a funeral service. We
want to honor our dad’s last wishes
and we will act on his behalf in
respecting his wish to not have
a funeral service.
what our dad did want was for a
day to be picked where all of his
family and friends from so many
different walks of life could gather
and celebrate his life on this earth.
From his Viva dancing friends who
will dance the night away for him;
to his breakfast group who can order
his favorite meal one last time;
to his gun buddies who can shoot
through the skies in his honor;
to his Hawaii companions who can
gather and go out on the ferry to
gaze upon the Hawaiian sky that
he loved so much. It does not matter
how you chose to celebrate his life,
where you chose to celebrate his
life, or what you do to bid your
farewell to him. Just take that
moment to thank him for being a
part in your life. Chuck Stapel
touched so many people’s hearts
throughout the world and Chuck’s
heart was full and his life was
happy because of each and every
single one of you.
welcome and encourage you to share
your farewell celebrations and photos
for Chuck on his Facebook page so
we can all be a part of that memory.
~Say not in
grief he is no more - but live in
thankfulness that he was~
Much love to all of you,
his friends and fans:
In life their are few true good
people out there and I am glad to
have known one like you. I will
keep you alive in my heart and mind.
Thank you for always taking on my
custom knife making ideas and sharing
the same common interest in knives,
guns and 1911s.
My memories of you sharpening my
knives, the range and just good
old bullshitting will never be forgotten.
Sincerely, Darius Hom
like to said goodby to a true gentleman
and a friend.
He helped me with several knives
projects that others rejected, helping
me obtain what I was looking for.
Rest in peace my friend.
One of your many amigos from the
Rowing Archers, Pasadena.
Sorry to hear of Chucks passing.
I talked to him a few times thru
emails. He seemed like a old friend
and has inspired me to try my hand
at making knives.
I asked him if he made knives
for the average guy he replied "ARE
THERE ANY BETTER" My heart
and soul goes out to his family
Gary from Poplar Bluff Mo.
so sorry to about Chuck’s passing.
What a great guy Chuck was. We used
to talk on the phone when he called
me a couple times from the hospital.
I will truly miss him.
will forever hear your amazing voice
at Vivas!... and watch you dance
the night away like Fred Astaire.
How joyful I feel having been able
to be your dance partner more than
once, and share you with the world
even more than that. You are forever
in my heart.
since you first introduced me to
the Banyan Tree, in your beloved
Lahaina, Maui, my life was changed.
I never knew such great loving souls
like you existed. You showed me
what I did always believed was part
of the human spirit, but sadly had
never experienced before. I will
forever cherish those days in Maui
with you and all your friends, and
those boat trips to the outlining
islands. Just like the Banyan Tree
you have grown deep roots in the
Earth and inspired so many people
like myself. And like that legendary
tree, you shall inspire us, shade
us, bring us peace and live forever
in our hearts and minds. Thank you
for being a soul generous with your
joy of life.
sad to hear about Chuck passing
reached out to him about 1 1/2 years
ago to repair my Tonto he had made
and I accidentally dinged the tip
picked up the phone and was such
a great guy and had me send it to
repaired it like new and sent it
back to no questions asked and just
said, send me
the money whenever you like.
be missed for sure.
CELEBRATING OVER FORTY YEARS
OF LEGENDARY KNIFE MAKING
STAPEL MADE THE KNIVES FOR
THE HIT WGN SERIES
PERSONAL APPEARENCE KNIFE-MAKING
August 16th, 2014
Eagle Feather's Trading Post
WAS A SELL OUT!
Chuck at the Sell-Out Seminar!
KNIVES FOR THE BIG HOLLYWOOD WESTERN
QUENTIN TARANTINO'S "DIJANGO
MADE THE VERY SPECIAL CUSTOM KNIFE
WHICH HE HAND CRAFTED FOR