It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Charles “Chuck” Rebsch, 61, on Monday, June 1, 2020 at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. He was surrounded by his family after a brave and heroic battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
“Chuck’s strong work ethic and professionalism will always be remembered. He worked for Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI) for 36 years in a variety of capacities, most recently as a professional land surveyor and project manager. Chuck radiated positivity each day in the office and would fill the hallways with cheerful whistles throughout the day. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need and a smile to everyone. Chuck will be sorely missed by all,” states Jeff LeDoux, President/CEO.
Chuck joined HEI as a graduate from North Dakota State College of Science in the 1980s. He saw a lot of evolution at HEI from the early days of drafting on tables to using computers and other technologies, such as drones, that are now used in today’s land surveying projects. At the time of his passing, Chuck was HEI's most senior employee.
Chuck using AutoCAD on a computer for the first time at HEI in 1993.
Chuck served in various leadership roles for state organizations, including a role as president of the North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors. He had a passion for inspiring young surveyors and regularly volunteered at educational events and presented to students about careers in surveying, including Marketplace for Kids in 2019.
Chuck (right) teaching students along with Chad Qualley (left) and Dustin Buchholtz (middle) about the land surveying profession during the Marketplace for Kids event held in Fargo, ND.
One thing you learned quickly about Chuck was his passion for Bison football games at North Dakota State University. HEI has hosted a tailgating area for football games since 2016, and Chuck was a dedicated attendee–rain or shine–greeting all who stopped by with a friendly smile or tasty beverage. In honor of Chuck, HEI will be dedicating a celebration in the coming months to celebrate his love for social gatherings and vibrant personality.
Chuck will always be remembered by his exceptionally kind and caring character. Our hearts go out to his loving family, and we send our deepest sympathy to all during this time of healing.
View Chuck’s celebration of life details.