CHARLES “Chuck” MOUNT
LTC, US ARMY, Ret. 12th Special Forces Group
On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, we lost a great one. Charles Kirtley Mount passed away at
his home (avoiding the hospital as he wished) at the age of 78.
He was born April 18, 1940, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Charles Adam Mount and Dorothy Crockett Mount
spending an adventurous childhood as an Army brat including spending 1948-9 in Trieste, Italy.
He was proud of his South Side, Chicago roots where he won the South Side 14-under football
park district championship for Palmer Park and again the next year for Fenger High School.
Make no mistake; he was a Sox fan. “Chuck” finished his high school career at Ft. Knox High
School, where he continued to play quarterback and edit the school newspaper, graduating in
1958. He went on to earn BS (’62) and MS (’63) degrees in journalism from Northwestern
University, Medill School of Journalism, where he earned the nickname “Scoop.” At
Northwestern, Chuck was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
He worked as a reporter for The Chicago Tribune from 1964-1998 where he covered criminal
courts, State of Illinois Building, Daley Center, and North and Northwest suburbs. Chuck
served with the 12th Special Forces Group from 1968-1976 and retired LTC US Army after 28
years. Chuck also enjoyed teaching and was an adjunct professor at NU’s Medill School of
Journalism in the 1980s. Through his retirement he made a career of substitute teaching for
Lodi, Antioch, and Stockton school districts while in California and, more recently, for Elgin and
Burlington schools—taking an interest in his students and attending wrestling matches and
football games. He served as president of the Special Forces Association Chicago Area
Chapter 37 from 2014-2018 and found great friendship in this community.
Beyond his education and career, Chuck was a proud Northwestern Wildcat, holding season
tickets to football and basketball games for decades, rarely missing a game, and often flanked
by daughter, Kim, at Ryan Stadium. His purple passion permeated all areas: he could be found
at women’s soccer and lacrosse games, men’s soccer and baseball games, Waa-Mu, reunions,
and the Delt house.
Chuck had many pastimes and was an expert recreater. He appreciated history and worked as
an election judge for many years. A voracious reader, Chuck was known to read 1-2
newspapers cover to cover daily. He was an avid golfer and tennis player and enjoyed his
workouts. A boat owner for much of his adult life, he continued to slalom waterski into his 70s.
He also loved alpine skiing sharing his passion with his daughters via yearly ski trips out west.
Chuck had a true appreciation for defiant mischief and seized any opportunity to prank
someone. Maybe you were on the receiving end of one of them.
Chuck’s greatest love was his daughters. Like so many dads he could be unintentionally funny,
maddening, surprising and, through it all, unwaveringly dedicated to his girls. He was a
constant champion for them and believed wholeheartedly in Title IX immersing Hillary and Kim
in athletics at an early age and instilling confidence. He could be found on the sidelines or in
the stands at every speed skating meet and every soccer, volleyball, and t-ball game.
Chuck would light up in the presence of his grandchildren. He was committed to being part of
their lives driving three hours one way to watch Charlie and Sam play soccer only to turn
around and drive home. He came to Aria’s dance class almost every week and was so happy
to see her swim like a fish. Of course, he was entertained watching her kick water into her
instructor’s face. Chuck was a rockstar grandpa—the kind who gets on the floor to play at his
grandkids’ level and the kind that plays ball with them in the yard. The kind who never misses
an April Fool’s Day and plans his prank on his grandson months in advance. He was proud of
them, and he got a kick out of them. He dubbed each of them “Red card,” “(Fellow) Aries,“ and
“South Side Shenanigans,” during
Loving father of Hillary (Bill) Fiveash and Kim (Brian) Grabiner. Rockstar grandpa to Charlie and Sam Fiveash and Aria Grabiner. Visitation Sat. Dec. 22, 2018 9:30 AM until services 10:30 AM at SEGUIN & SYMONDS FUNERAL HOME, 858 Sheridan Rd., Highwood. Interment and military honors following at Fort Sheridan Cemetery. Contributions to Special Forces Scholarship Fund appreciated. Info: 847-432-3878
CHARLES “Chuck” MOUNT