Charles M. ‘Chuck’ Ungerbuehler Jr., 81

Charles M. “Chuck” Ungerbuehler Jr., 81, left his family and friends, and passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. He was born Oct. 5, 1937, in Wilmington, Del., to Evelyn Sturgis and Charles Marsden Ungerbuehler Sr.

Ungerbuehler graduated from William Penn High School in 1955, studied naval architecture and applied his studies in assisting his father in their boat-building business. He entered the Coast Guard in 1958, was stationed in New York and completed his service on an ice-breaker. He was honorably discharged.

Ungerbuehler joined the DuPont Company’s engineering department, where he was an industrial model builder. He retired after 30 years’ service, as supervisor of the model shop. Immediately upon retirement, he joined Brice Builders where he, for years, was instrumental in the building of prestigious homes at the beach.

Following his retirement from Brice Builders, Ungerbuehler joined the Lewes Historical Society, where he was loved and respected in his work of restoration and maintenance. He was a carver of waterfowl and won first place in his class the Ward Brothers competition, as well as first place in New York state, where his bird was also exhibited. For years, he was a wedding photographer in Wilmington and was also awarded for his nature photography by the Wilmington Camera Club and the DuPont Camera Club.

Ungerbuehler is survived by his two sons, Trent Ungerbuehler and Shane Meeds Brice; two daughters, Carla and Patricia; and his wife of 44 years, Maxine McWhorter Ungerbuehler, who adored him.

Memorial donations are appreciated at the Humane Society, Midway, Lewes/Rehoboth. Condolences may be sent online at