Chuck was very generous. In approximately 1989, I introduced myself to Chuck and asked a favor. Regina had just opened their preschool, and really wanted a large outdoor playhouse for the very young children, to be placed on their playground. Chuck offered his business facility to me for the construction of the large (garage sized) playhouse. He allowed me to come and go as I wished to work on it. He allowed me the use of all the elaborate power tools in his extensive on-site cabinet shop, and he generously allowed some of his skilled cabinet makers to assist me (i.e., Marty Novotny and others). And he donated lots of materials as well. Jim Glasgow, another local businessman, donated lots and lots of building materials also. Anyway, we could never had built this fantastic commercial grade playhouse without Chuck’s generosity, and all those little kids loved it! Thanks again Chuck.
We are deeply saddened to hear that our dear Chuck passed away. I first got to know Chuck in 1995 when, while working at Refugees International in Washington DC, I was handed a letter Jean and Chuck wrote seeking assistance to get in touch with an orphanage in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina). An article from Associated Press triggered a desire to help Ibrahimovic sisters who lost their parents during the war. I can't find words to describe this human act and my wife and I feel honored and privileged to have known Chuck and Jean for so many years.
Chuck will stay in our hearts forever and we are profoundly blessed to have had Chuck in our lives who inspired us to be better, kinder, and more compassionate human beings.
I'm very sorry to hear that Chuck passed away. He was an amazing person! I first met him when he came to Bosnia after the war with Jean to visit the Ibrahimovic sisters at the orphanage in Tuzla. I already knew about Chuck and Jean's desire to help the Ibrahimovic sisters in any way that they could. That Chuck and Jean came to Bosnia just after the war ended is a testament to their humanity and determination to make life better for the five sisters who lost so much during the war. I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit Chuck (and Jean) at their home in Iowa after Muska, Semsa and Sanela came to live with them. I could see that the Ibrahimovic sisters were now part of a new family that loved them very much and provided support and guidance to lead them to opportunities to do amazing things in this world themselves. I still feel very close to the Ibrahimovic sisters. And I can only thank Chuck (and Jean and their children) for opening up their homes and lives to Muska, Semsa and Sanela. I wish that we had more people like Chuck in this world. His level of caring and commitment to help others is not often matched. I'd like to send my condolences to Jean and the McComas children as well as the Ibrahimovic sisters. He was a good man and will always be in my heart!
Chuck was one of my oldest friends, all the way back to when we were freshman at City High. We bonded over a mutual dislike of volleyball, a mandatory activity of the gym class. For a while, Dan, Chuck and walked to City High together until cars entered the picture. We continued on through high school, SUI, and paths diverged – Chuck to the Air Force, piloting nuclear bombers with the Strategic Air Command, and I to less glamorous jobs as a newspaper reporter. We got together when we could during my visits to Iowa City, and as time went by I was impressed by the large buildings built by McComas-Lacina construction. There were lunches, usually with Dan, at the Hilltop and Chuck and I would occasionally drop in at George’s Buffet. We got old and experienced the usual heartaches and good times. All gone now, except for the memory of a wonderful friend and a good man.