Obituary: Charles H. “Chuck” Kiekenapp


September 11, 1943 – January 26, 2022

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Charles H. “Chuck” Kiekenapp, age 78, late of Schererville, IN, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Loving husband of Karen J. Kiekenapp, nee Gruszka. Devoted father of Julie (Joseph) Kramer. Proud grandfather of Diana, Mary, and Daniel. Dear brother of Jane (Bill) Schoknecht, and Alice (late Mike) Pesich; brother-in-law of Ron Gruszka. Beloved son-in-law of Dolores (late Jerome) Gruszka. Donut-sharing uncle of many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Henry and Doris Kiekenapp.

Chuck loved vacationing with his family and friends, especially at Disney, and fishing in Wisconsin. He always had “Good Times” while boating. He could light up a room with his quick wit and humor!

Memorial visitation Sunday, January 30, 2022, from 3 – 8 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN. Memorial Mass Monday, January 31, 2022, — 10:30 a.m. directly at St. James the Less Catholic Church, 9640 Kennedy Avenue, Highland, IN, with Rev. Gregory Bim-Merle officiating. Inurnment Calumet Cemetery – Merrillville, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Share Foundation, 6617 County Road, 300 E. LaPorte, IN, 46350, appreciated. For further information please contact 219-322-7300 or visit