Charles J Rolek

July 23, 1988 ~ July 8, 2019 (age 30)


Charles “Chuck” James Rolek, who was born to Dr. Dennis and Deborah (Rupp) Rolek on July 23, 1988 in Des Moines, IA, passed away at his home on July 8, 2019 in Des Moines, IA.  A visitation will be held Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 15, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. both at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee.

Chuck earned his AAS in Business Information Systems from DMACC before graduating with a Computer Science and Management Information Systems Degree from Grand View University.  He was very computer savvy and throughout his career held many computer and software development related jobs. Most recently Chuck was a Software Engineer with Principal Financial Group.

Chuck held a strong passion for Community Outreach and Development. He spoke regularly at Iowa Code Camp, participated multiple years with dsmHack (a charity hackathon) and mentored groups of high school students through the Hyperstream program for multiple years.  He also always participated in Adopt a Family through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Iowa during the holiday season.

Chuck was an avid gardener with an impressive green thumb.  He had a natural leadership quality to him that could be seen by many.  He enjoyed cooking, especially helping roll out pasta for ham & cheese and venison pierogis and deer hunting.  He adored his two cats Stewie and Little Squiggle; but above all loved spending time with his family and friends.

Chuck is survived by his lady, Jill Penman; mother Deborah Rolek; siblings Rachel (Chris) Gorman, Alex (Erin) Rolek, Brian Rolek, David Rolek and Eric Rolek; nephews Shane and Connor Gorman and Silas Rolek and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Dennis Rolek and grandparents Francis and Julia Rolek and Jim and Marjorie Rupp.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Iowa (9051 Swanson Blvd., Clive, IA 50325) or dsmHack (

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July 14, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services
80 NE Dartmoor Drive
Waukee, IA 50263

Funeral Mass
July 15, 2019

10:30 AM
Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services
80 NE Dartmoor Drive
Waukee, IA 50263



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9051 Swanson Blvd., Clive IA 50325

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