Charles J. Divis
Date of Birth
May 3, 1927
Colon, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
September 2, 2018
Wahoo, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Friday, September 7, 2018 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Military Honors by U.S. National Guard, American Legion #82 and VFW #4502

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


Charles Divis Scholarship Fund

Charles J. Divis, 91, of Wahoo, NE, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at his home in Wahoo, NE.  He was born May 3, 1927 in Colon, NE to Karel and Anna (Mach) Divis.  Charlie graduated from Wahoo High School.  He received a Bachelor Degree from Creighton University and Master Degree from UNL.  He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII until he was honorably discharged in 1947.  On August 13, 1960, he was married to Shirley Diffey in Osceola, NE.

Charlie was a lifelong farmer and continued to be active on the farm until he was 89.  Education in the Wahoo School system was a major part of his life.  Charlie began teaching at Wahoo Northward and then became the Principal of Wahoo Westward where he finished his career.  He was a member of St. Wenceslaus Church and a lifetime member of American Legion #82.  Throughout the years, he was a very active member in the Wahoo community.

He is survived by children, Greg (Jill McCormick) Divis of Papillion, NE and Ann (Paul) Ellenberger of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren, Samantha Divis, Tony Divis and his very close and special granddaughter, Lily Ellenberger; brother, Ernest (Rita) Divis of El Paso, TX; sister, Sr. Ann Divis, M.S. of Waverly, NE; sister-in-law, Rita M. Divis, of Wahoo, NE.

He was preceded in death by wife, Shirley Divis; son, Mark Divis; brothers, Theodore Divis, Francis Divis and Anthony Divis; sisters, Jennie Simodynes, Josephine Divis, Sr. Camilla Divis, N.D., Julia Connelly and Anastasia Sousek; brothers-in-law, Vincent Simodynes, Gene Connelly and Joe Sousek; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Divis, Rose Divis and Ann Divis.

Condolences for Charles J. Divis
  1. Phyllis Hawes
    • September 4, 2018 - 11 months ago

    Praying God will comfort you during this difficult time. Memories are a great comfort, too.
    My husband taught in Wahoo from 1956 to 1961. I sang in the choir at St. Wenceslaus with Ted and Rose Divis, Carol Divis and Sister Ann. Have fond memories of Wahoo and the Divis family. My husband, Dick, passed away Feb 28, 2018. With sympathy, Phyllis Hawes

  2. Ron Voboril
    • September 4, 2018 - 11 months ago

    Charlie was always good for a old saying, a little joke and a fountain of knowledge. He always talked about being with Shirley again and with Mark. I am sure there is a party in heaven with all of them together again!

  3. Noelie Ackermann Sherdon
    • September 5, 2018 - 11 months ago

    Charles Divis was a dear and life long friend of my parents, Ken and Mary Ackermann. During my Dad’s last years, Chuck visited him and it meant the world. Dad was high school principal at Wahoo during the years that Chuck was the elementary school principal. I am old enough to remember when Mr. Divis, my principal, and my music teacher, Miss Diffey, were married. That was so cool. Chuck always told the best jokes, some I still tell. I once heard him describe one of my stricter teachers as tougher than boiled owl. He was right, though I probably wasn’t supposed to hear that. I am sad that he has left us but happy he will again join those he loved. My sympathy to his family.

  4. Richard Harding
    • September 5, 2018 - 11 months ago

    Mr. Divis was my 8th grade teacher, as such, he had a great influence on me. He was the first teacher that got me involved in mathematics which I went on to major in at UNL. I saw Mr. Divis several times over the years and he always invited me to call him by his first name, but I just could not. He will always be “Mr. Divis” to me. I was lucky to have had him in my life for a very formative year. Thank you Mr. Divis.

  5. Margaret (Bloomer) Andersen
    • September 5, 2018 - 11 months ago

    So sorry to hear of Chuck’s death. I’m Bill (and Susie)Bloomer’s daughter, Margaret. I remember Chuck from family reunions when I was a young kid. Always a nice, fun guy.
    My sympathies to you all.

  6. • September 5, 2018 - 11 months ago

    We were honored to take Mr. Divis on the Heartland Honor Flight in 2008.

    Evonne and I are sorry for your loss.

  7. Carol Meyer
    • September 6, 2018 - 11 months ago

    Peace and comfort to all at this sad time of loss. Take care.

  8. Sharon Rowe
    • September 6, 2018 - 11 months ago

    Charlie. I will miss you! thank you for your friendship and always remembering me at Xmas and my birthday it was great to get your note just two weeks ago .I’m sorry we will miss our lunch date this month . Love ya sharon

  9. Fritz and Marilynne Bergman
    • September 7, 2018 - 11 months ago

    our sympathy to Charlie’s children and family. We have known him since his days with the St. Wenceclaus CYO and his work with the Wahoo school systems.

  10. Ann Ellenberger
    • September 10, 2018 - 10 months ago

    Thank you for your lovely replies for my dad. I am missing him something terrible. He is whispering to me that it will all be okay because he knows I am tougher than boiled owl. I was the luckiest girl and my dad was the best father in the universe. I love you Papa. I love you Papa.
    Love, your “best” daughter, Ann

  11. Sharyl Knox Jump
    • September 12, 2018 - 10 months ago

    My sympathies to Mr. Divis’ family…know him from being at West Ward as a student and my mother (Evelyn Knox) working with him when she was teaching.

    • September 12, 2018 - 10 months ago

    As the coordinator of the Wahoo Bloodmobile, I first met Charles when he was a blood donor. He was a long-time faithful Blood Donor until his doctors recommended that he not donate any longer. I then worked with him on the Election Board. As the Election Judge it was his job to open the polls. In his strong loud voice he would state, “The polls are now open.” I had the opportunity to meet Mark Divis when he was home from California and came to a Bloodmobile with Charles. I was sad to read of Mark’s passing. I have special memories of Charles and also of Mark.

  13. Ann (Grossoehme) Williams
    • November 4, 2018 - 9 months ago

    So sorry I hadn’t heard about his passing sooner. I vividly remember my time at Northward (1960 through 1964) and Mr. Divis was a kind force to be reckoned with! If you behaved you had his full attention – if you didn’t – you had his full attention!
    So sorry for your loss.

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