Thursday, December 27, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Charles William Gunn. | Submitted photo
Community members in Proviso Township are mourning the death of Charles William Gunn, a longtime Maywood police officer who died on Dec. 14. He was 82. Gunn’s death was confirmed by close relatives.
A memorial service for Gunn will be held on Jan. 4, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Bulger Park, 1601 Hirsch Street in Melrose Park.
Gunn was born on April 30, 1936, in Diamondhead, Miss. He was the third child of Willie and Malinda Gardner Gunn. The family moved to Chicago in the 1940s before Gunn joined them here when he was 9 years old. He graduated from Manley High School in Chicago in 1954. As a student, he stood out in track and basketball.
Gunn became a Maywood Police officer in 1965 — four years after moving to the village and after having worked four years as a bus driver with the Chicago Transit Authority. During his 25-year career with the department, Gunn would ascend from patrol officer to a detective who worked mostly with minors.
Office Charles Gunn in his younger years. | Submitted photo
“Officer Gunn, as most people called him, served the Maywood community with honor, distinction, respect and integrity,” according to Gunn’s obituary.
In addition to his position with the police department, Gunn also worked as a truant officer at Proviso East High School. He took seriously the concept of community policing, relatives pointed out in his obituary, “because he believed in the value of people, fairness, empathy, kindness and love.”
Gunn also owned and operated Wilma’s Grocery in Maywood, from 1982 to 1992. He was a member of Neighborhood United Methodist Church in Maywood for many years before joining Broadview Baptist Church in Broadview, an avid Proviso East basketball fan, a lover of golf and a founding member of the Horseman Club.
Gunn retired from the Maywood Police Department on Feb. 13, 1990. In 1998, he and his wife, Lois, moved to Diamondhead, where they joined the First Missionary Baptist Church (FMBC) in Gulfport, Miss.
Gunn is mourned by his wife, Lois; his children Mosi Kamau, Gena Gunn McClendon and Gaylan Gunn; and many grandchildren, extended family members and friends. VFP
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