Ron (Chuck) Tohulka

Born: Fri., Nov. 12, 1943
Died: Wed., May 29, 2019


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Jun. 02, 2019
Location: N. William St. Location

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Mon., Jun. 03, 2019
Location: Evangelical Covenant Church

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Ron (Chuck) Tohulka, born Nov. 12, 1943, died May 29, 2019, and entered Heaven’s gate to meet his Savior face to face. He was born to Esther (Bergman) and Randal Tohulka the day after his father Randal left for the war. He married Marilyn Hertel, the girl who grew up across the street from him, on August 27, 1966, after dating her for 5 years.

Chuck graduated from Purdue with a B.S. in Industrial Management and a minor in Computer Science. Following graduation, he went to work at Bendix Aerospace, Miles Labs, Whirlpool, and Partners’ Health Plan as a project manager and systems analyst. In 1973, Chuck and two co-workers formed a corporation and opened the first catalog showroom in Kokomo, IN.

After 12 ½ years of marriage, Chuck and Marilyn adopted 3 little girls, Tammy Meuzelaar, Rhonda Johnson, and Crystal (John) Moskwinski. Four years after their adoption, Marilyn gave birth to their son, Adam. He and his wife, Amy have twin daughters, Addison and Ashlyn. In addition, there are grandchildren Jake and Makayla Meuzelaar, Deion, Zack, Sean, and Wes Johnson, and Randal, Joe, and Tim Workman. They also have a great-granddaughter, Bella Leisure.

Chuck enjoyed volunteering time after retiring at Habitat for Humanity Restore, the M.A.C. Food Pantry, Feed the Children, and the Studebaker Museum. He also enjoyed his hobbies: fishing, golfing, traveling, playing cards, camping, and going places with the grandkids. He was an active member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, now called Covenant Community Church, where he was dedicated, confirmed, baptized, and married. He served on many boards there, as well as facilitating Sunday School classes and Bible Studies.

Chuck was a dedicated father, grandfather, husband, and friend. His smile lit up the room, and his giggle could usually be heard anywhere. He was a gentle, loving servant of God whose “gift of gab” and hospitality made him a most lovable and unforgettable human being. He will be sorely missed. Peace to his memory.

Visitation will be from 2:00 till 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William Street, South Bend, 46616. A “Celebration of Life” service will take place at the Covenant Community Church, 3025 E. Edison Road, South Bend, IN 46615, at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019. Memorial contributions may be made to Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN, 46545 or Covenant Community Church. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Ron's memory to the following organization:

Center for Hospice Care,
501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN, 46545

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Jill Boling Fox
   Posted Fri May 31, 2019
Marilyn, Rhonda and family,

So sorry to hear of the passing of Ron. What a great man and I remember his kindness when Rhonda and I became friends. Peace to you all in His loving grace.

Jill Boling Fox

Gary and Leslie Winey
   Posted Sat June 01, 2019
So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. We worked together at Partners and I also knew him from the First Baptist Christian School. I always enjoyed his ready smile and cheerfulness. Over the years, our paths would cross from time to time and it was always a pleasant conversation as we would catch up on work, wives, kids, grand kids, etc.

Karolyn Kucela
   Posted Sat June 01, 2019
Heartfelt sympathy to Marilyn and the family. I was surprised to learn of Chuck's passing I have thought of you frequently, especially when walking in the area where you first lived and before there were the children You both are amazing people. Taking in 3 children before having your own son. I see they gave you many grandchildren. How wonderful . I remember when we were lab partners in chemistry at IUSB. Peace, hugs, and love to all. RIP CHUCK!

Greg & Barb Humnicky
   Posted Sun June 02, 2019
We shall cherish the memories of Chuck forever. Rest in peace, Chuck as you made the world a better place. Condolences to Marilyn and the family.

Ann Marie Ziegert (Paul)
   Posted Mon June 03, 2019
A lot of great memories of “Mr. Tohulka” growing up with Tammy. We gave him a lot of laughs as we biked around the neighborhood chasing boys. He loved his family very much and I remember seeing him a few years ago at the pharmacy and he showed me pictures and updated me on everyone. I am so sorry for your loss and I am thinking of you during this difficult time.

Bill Mulcaha
   Posted Mon July 01, 2019
Dear Marilyn, I can't thank you enough for calling and letting me know of Chuck's passing. Since your call I have had many reminicences of our times and the laughter he always brought out! I am sad I could not spend more time with you and Chuck in later years, but, God willing, we will have some more time together in Heaven. I pray for you and the kids to carry on and enjoy your lives to fullest, but with a big empty spot in your hearts. May the blessings of our Lord, Jesus Christ be with you. Love Bill