Charles M. Lynch,  II
  • In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to Because We Can, N.F.P., which Charlie co-founded.

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“So sorry for your loss. It's been a few years now but I'll never forget the time we spent in tae kwon do together. Charlie had a wonderful spirit and...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Jason Lesker - O'fallon, IL

“So sorry for your loss. It's been a few years now but I'll never forget the time we spent in tae kwon do together. Charlie had a wonderful spirit and...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Jason Lesker - O'fallon, IL

“Charlie was my very first Facebook friend!! Even though I moved away from the area..I kept up with him and learned a lot from him..especially living...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Robin Fortner - Benton, AR

“My deepest condolences for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Liz Armstrong - Belleville, IL

“Charlie, Your spirit will be missed! My heart and prayers go out to the family. ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Karen Laumbattus - New Athens, IL

“he will be missed he was the most sweetiest kid in new athens always smiling and i was having a really bad day and he said dont worry things will get...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: kimberly dayton - lenzburg, IL

“Fred, Jean and I are so sorry for your loss. He was a courageous and very positive person. I know that only because of the things I have heard and...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Jean Benkert Fleischauer - PA

“Charlie, Trish, and Family, Our condolences in your profound loss. Charlie was definitely a fighter, and we are so sorry to hear of his passing. ...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Jerry and Carrie Dowdy - IL

“You will be forever missed Charlie. You were an amazing person who had a heart of gold. ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Krista Juenger - New Athens, IL

“To Charlie, Trish and the whole family. Our deepest condolenses for your loss far too soon. A lot of things happen that don't make much sense but...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Bill & Donna Macorkindale - GA

“When I first met Charlie four years ago I was impressed by his good works, his positive energy, his determination, and his brilliance. He also had...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Maxine Beach - St. Louis, MO

“We are deeply saddened by the news of the loss of your remarkable son and brother. He couldn't have had a better family to see him through. You are...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Ron and Carol Harshman - Friends

“Trish, Charlie & Chris, There are no words to say at a time like this. Just remember Charlie for the great person he was. Be with each other and keep...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Melinda Milligan - New Athens, IL

“Charlie and family -- Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Cindy Gieger - Warner Robins, GA

“To Charlie's Family - I never had the pleasure to meet Charlie II but I did work through the Air Force with his dad. Working with him I felt he was a...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Frank Bove - Randolph AFB , TX

“To Charlie's family, Even tho I did not know your son for long he always was so friendly, my daughter Hannah got the chance to work with him on the...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: cindy fisher - new athens , IL

“To the parents of Charlie....You have raised such a great kid he was always smiling..and happy....I am so glad he was a friend of our son in school...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Williams Family - Freeburg , IL

“To Charlie's parents, Thank you for raising such an amazing young man. You must be so proud of everything that Charlie accomplished in his all too...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Randi Papke - Edwardsville, IL

“Charlie had SUCH a beautiful soul and was such an inspiration to SO many people. He was so brave and strong. I am so happy that my daughters had...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Robin Galan - TX - Friend

“Remembering the birthday celebration at the restaurant...so many smiles! ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Linda Gonzales - FairviewHeights, IL

“I am so sad to have lost Charlie. His Alabama family came to love him very much. He was full of life. He will be greatly missed. ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: (Aunt) Donna Benefield - AL

“Charlie you was an insperation to so many of us! You was always a high spirited person, always had a smile on your face even when you was in pain. ...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Christine Anderson - New Athens, IL

“My prayers are with the family... Charlie had inspired me to not take anything for granted and I'm truly sorry for the loss of this great person ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Katie weber - New athens , IL

“Our family is so sorry for your loss. Charlie was a kind, respectful, and loving young man. May God touch each of your hearts as you travel this...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Dawn DuQuette - Durant, OK


Charles M. "Charlie" Lynch, II, 24, of New Athens, IL, born November 29, 1988 in Belleville, IL passed away Saturday, February 2, 2013 at home with friends and relatives at his side. Charlie was born with Cystic Fibrosis and had undergone 2 double lung transplants, intensive therapy and treatment before finally succumbing to the disease. He was President and co-founder of Because We Can, N.F.P. which is a not-for-profit organization that provides gifts to hospitalized teens and young adults. Charlie held an Associate of Arts degree from SWIC, he was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL, the Boy Scouts of America and participated in the New Athens Open House Theater. Despite his frail health he was 1 belt shy of attaining the rank of 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Charlie is survived by his parents, Charles M. and Patricia A.(Baker) Lynch of New Athens, his brother Chris (Kayla Helfrich) Lynch of New Athens and also by his dear partner, Joshua Napier of St. Louis, MO

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to Because We Can, N.F.P., which Charlie co-founded.

Visitation: Friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 and again on Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens.

Funeral: Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens with the Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating. In accordance with Charlie's wishes, cremation will follow the services.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.