Charles Borgen
1937 - 2021
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Private family burial for Charles "Chuck" Borgen, 83, Lawrence, KS will be held at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery. He died April 4, 2021 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.

He was born October 25, 1937, the youngest son of Roy and Mary Jane Fritz Borgen.

As a teenager Chuck worked at his parents' business, the Dine-A-Mite Inn, a popular restaurant and night spot during the 50s and 60s. After their retirement, Chuck became the manager until the business was sold. He then managed the Borgen Liquor Store located in the Hillcrest Shopping Center until his retirement in 1997.

Chuck served in the Army in the Engineer Branch and then the Army Reserve from 1962-68.

Chuck enjoyed sailing and flying. He could repair any engine, large or small, as evidenced by keeping his 1979 Jeep operational. However, his dream of building an airplane remained a work in progress in his basement.

He is survived by his brother, Richard and his wife Judy Borgen of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two daughters, Lori Vega and Lea Stroud, as well as six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. His parents and a son, Lance, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Plymouth Congre-gational Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Apr. 8, 2021.
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April 11, 2021
My parents were Lawrence natives and KU grads. They were good friends of Roy and Mary and their hangout was the Dine-A-Mite. As my sister and I grew up in Colorado, we always looked forward to Christmas and Thanksgiving trips to Lawrence, which always included gatherings with the Borgen family.

I didn't really get to know Chuck well until I was an adult. He was a great guy and always lent a helping hand. In the fall of 1988 I was limping into Lawrence for an overnight stay on my way back to Colorado from a summer construction adventure in New England. The alternator went out on my 1966 Volvo and Chuck helped me find an electrical shop to rebuild the part, put me up for a couple of days, and made the whole exasperating situation a positive rather than negative experience.

Chuck was always a big Jayhawk booster, and on many occasions pulled strings to get our family tickets to Allen Fieldhouse or Memorial Stadium. He and I had a running bet on any CU vs. KU as well as Broncos vs. Chief games. The wager was always $1, and was occasional paid in pennies or Canadian or Australian dollars.

We will miss Chuck, who was a part of our family, as were his parents.
RIP and Godspeed.
Rick Stucker
April 8, 2021
Chuck was always good for a corny joke. We shared many a cup of coffee at the Village inn and at IHOP over the years. RIP, Chuck!
Jim Phillips
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