We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home and Crematory
“Charles E. Aurand”
Chuck Aurand, 59 of Elkhart, Indiana passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones on June 20, 2022.
Chuck will be deeply missed & lovingly remembered by his surviving family members. His devoted wife, Tina Aurand of Elkhart, IN. His Mother, Sherry Reed of Glenwood Springs, CO. His Brother, Steve Aurand of Rifle, CO. Daughter, Candy Farver of Elkhart, IN. 3 Grandchildren, Kameron, Chloe & Tino of Elkhart, IN. As well as additional family members and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his Father, Edward Aurand of Lakeport, FL. Grandparents, “Sonny” & Nancy “Granny Beebop”, Aurand of Elkhart, IN and Grandparents, “Frankie” & Edith Shiltz of Elkhart, IN.
It is difficult to describe just how significant Chuck’s “Dash” was during his time here with us without writing a book.
At the age of six, Chuck’s Father bought him his first motorcycle, a Honda 50. Chuck jumped on it, rode in a circle, and crashed. However, Chuck being, well Chuck got right back on that bike and his love of riding remained constant through his entire life.
Chuck also enjoyed playing pool, his “pool shark” fame actually started when he was a teenager. His Mom received a call from his school when he was in jr. high, stating his attendance record was not good. She thought about it for a moment, then went to the bowling alley down the street from their home, there he was…running the tables. He excelled through the years to play in BCA & APA leagues where he made so many close friends.
When Chuck was older, he began bartending & bouncing at Mr. G’s. That is when he also found his love of Crown Royal. Mr. G would allow him to pour a drink after work…he always used the biggest cup, with a little ice. When Mr. “G” questioned him, Chuck would say, “Hey…you said one drink…ya didn’t say what size!”
Anyone who knew Chuck, knows his passion was motorcycles & riding. After he had quite a health scare, he stopped drinking and put all the money that he saved into his beloved Harley Davidson sporty “Eleanor”. That was the true beginning of his lifetime devotion to riding & discovering all that life had to offer on the open road.
Chuck’s collection of motorcycles started to grow from there. His Grandpa Aurand had purchased a new 1941 Indian while serving in WW2. He & Granny Beebop rode it until he lost a friend in a motorcycle accident…he parked it and never rode it again. Years later, Chuck convinced him to get it out and show him how to clean it up & ride it and Chuck has had it ever since. Chuck shared a picture of Granny Beebop on it at 96 years old that become an internet sensation. And we all know his motorcycle collection continued to expand over the years with some pretty amazing (and fast) bikes.
Chuck was also somewhat of a “ladies’ man” his entire life…that is until he met the love of his life and forever riding partner, Tina. Over the years, he showed her so many amazing things that life has to offer. Traveling to wonderful places together, exploring new things that she would not have seen without him. He encouraged her to ride her own bike and fully supported her opening her paint studio. They definitely lived their lives together to the fullest.
Chuck was extremely proud to be known as “An Ass Hole”, but as a dear friend of his said about him after learning of his passing:
“When it’s easier to count the people who weren’t a friend than those who were…you know a man has accomplished quite a walk-through life. As you touched so many during your journey through this world, may you now be in peace.”
Visitation for family and friends will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday June 30, 2022, at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home. Additional visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Friday July 1, 2022. Funeral services for Charles will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday July 1, 2022, at the funeral home. Rob Abbott will preside, and burial will follow at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Elkhart.
Memorial contributions may be given to A Rosie Place for Children-O’Hana Heritage Foundation, 53131 Quince Road, South Bend, IN 46628. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
If you are a biker, please ride your motorcycle to the funeral home. The funeral will be escorted to the cemetery by all the motorcycles that come to the funeral. Thank You!!
Chuck was devoted to his country, he loved deeply, and he lived his life genuinely with his whole heart and soul.
He will be forever missed by his family, friends, and the entire biker community.
Ride high…. until we meet again.