Chuck Jean 1949-2021

Hall of Famer Chuck Jean passed away on September 29, 2021. He was 72 years old. A native of Albert Lea, Minn., Jean was a Minnesota state champion and four-time college national champion. He was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1989.

Charles “Chuck” Warren Jean Obituary:

Charles Warren Jean was born April 3, 1949, in Iowa Falls, IA to parents Red and Marlys Jean. Chuck passed away September 29, 2021, at St. Mary’s, Rochester. Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion, Albert Lea, Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 2:00 pm.

Chuck was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church and attended grade school at Starlight, Southwest Junior High, and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1967. Chuck was a farm boy who loved to wrestle and play football. He was dominant in his high school wrestling career and finished his senior year as State Champion as an individual and helped Albert Lea win the Team Championship. Chuck also qualified for the 1968 Olympic Team Trials.

In his college career, Chuck won NCAA titles for Iowa State in 1969 and 1970 before transferring to Adams State and winning NAIA titles in 1972 and 1973. He was also part of four Team Championships, making him the only collegiate wrestler to win four individual national titles and four team national titles.

Chuck was also a member of several Halls of Fame, including MN Wrestling Coaches Assoc (1989), Adams State College (2006), Rocky Mt Athletic Conference (2007), Mayo Civic Center Region One (2009), Rocky Mt Athletic Conference All-Time Wrestling Team (2009), Glen Brand Wrestling – Iowa State Univ (2010) and inducted into Albert Lea Hall of Fame (2012).

Chuck traveled to many places, making wonderful friends and memories along his way. His laugh and sense of humor was infectious and he was happy to help people around him to better their lives. His friendship was a gift.

Chuck is survived by his sons, Justin and Jeremiah, and daughter, Melissa, all of Albert Lea, and their mother, Julie Jean, as well as, his precious granddaughter, Jayla Mae, who kept him on his toes. Sisters, Vonnie Jean-Runkle, Urbandale, IA, Sharon (Glen) Twernbold, St. Charles, MN and brothers, Tom Jean, Mankato, MN and Bob (Rhonda) Jean, Dover, MN, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Red and Marlys Jean, brother, Mike (Fritz) Jean, first wife, Marsha Jean, sister-in-law, Mary Jean, brother-in-law, Charlie Runkle, cousin, Gary (Hawk) Bauldry, Aunts and Uncles and Grandparents.

Never forget your friend, Chuck. He’s flying high with the Eagles.

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