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Health Update
« on: October 25, 2018, 08:12:42 PM »
It looks like the Maudslay model steam engine I recently completed will be my Swan's Song.  I got word last week that my cancer is back and I've exhausted all treatment options.  My oncologist tells me I have a few months left.  I've been fighting this battle for 3 1/2 years, so I was more or less prepared for the news. 

My two son's are coming to Austin in a couple of weeks to collect all my tools, so I won't be doing any more projects.  I'll have to get my machining fix from this forum and youtube.   :) Thanks to all of you for you friendship and support.

Chuck

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2018, 08:27:36 PM »
Dear Chuck

I can't find any nice things to say about that damned decease or what it does to people or their loved ones ....

But I can thank you for your fantastic input and builds on this forum  :praise2: and confirm that you went with a "bang" (the Maudslay model steam engine). I'm sure you will be remembered, and that your builds here will continue to inspire long into the future. Thank you very much my Internet friend and I really hope that your last days here will not be too bad, all things considered.

Best wishes

Per

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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2018, 08:54:14 PM »
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Chuck best wishes from both of us .. Any further help you can provide the forum members to enable our model engine building will be greatly appreciated. Do you have any model engine building challenges that you think we, the forum members, should try to solve?

Jo & Surus 


P.S. Thankfully Surus, when extracted, was proven not to be as cancerous as he was originally was thought to be :paranoia: I do wonder about his casting fascination  :thinking:
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Re: Health Update
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2018, 08:57:24 PM »
Best wishes Chuck and I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers. God Bless.

Ron

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2018, 09:03:08 PM »
So sorry to hear this Chuck, I glad that I was able to meet you at the GEARS show some years ago.
I will miss you and your contributions here on MEM 

Dave

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Re: Health Update
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2018, 09:20:10 PM »
Hi Chuck,


Sorry to read that the cancer is back and there are no further treatment options.


I am on the same pathway but a little earlier in the timeline so I have some idea of what you have been through and are facing.


Thank you for your contributions to our hobby from the early days of HMEM through to today.


I sincerely hope the final part of your journey will be as comfortable as possible.


Kindest Regards
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2018, 09:25:22 PM »
Chuck,

I'm so sad to hear this - my thoughts are with you and your family.

Simon.
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Re: Health Update
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2018, 10:10:29 PM »
Chuck, this is sad news, certainly for you and your family, but for all of us here that have benefitted (and will continue to) from your substantial contributions to this and other forums. As others have said, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2018, 10:10:30 PM »
Hello Chuck,

So very sad to read this news. You are an inspiration to all of us here on the forum.

Thomas

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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2018, 10:54:02 PM »
Hello Chuck
We have never met but I think of you as my friend, thanks to the MEM forum.
All I can do is to wish you the strength and courage to face the next few months.
We will miss you. Your fortitude has been an inspiration to those of us following the same path.
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2018, 11:18:47 PM »
Very sad news. You were one of the early members that helped me when I started this hobby and you make this forum an enjoyable place to visit. As sad d by others...you are an inspiration.
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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2018, 11:25:43 PM »
Same here, I have learned a lot from you, and still go back to your builds frim time to time.


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Re: Health Update
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2018, 12:16:16 AM »
Chuck i have no words but to express my sincere sorrow. You will be missed and I thank you for all the inspiration you have given to me and others. I learned a lot from you and you have always been one of my hero’s. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have taught me and others.


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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2018, 12:28:55 AM »
Very sad to hear this news. Your contributions will continue to live on and remind us of your shared knowledge and skills.

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« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2018, 12:37:21 AM »
Chuck,
I'm so sorry to hear the news that your cancer is back.  I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through right now.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Thank you for all that you have done to make this forum a wonderful place to grow and learn in our hobby.
Kim

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« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2018, 12:50:06 AM »
As all above have said, I can only add best wishes and God Bless.

Brian
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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2018, 01:27:56 AM »
Chuck--we all learned from you and respected you. I am sorry for your bad news.---Brian

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« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2018, 03:53:22 AM »
Chuck , So sorry to hear that your cancer is back , I too have been battling this disease for over three year now so I know what you are going through , may God bless you and your family .
Although we never met I enjoyed your builds .Jeff

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Re: Health Update
« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2018, 07:18:49 AM »
Chuck, extremely sad news.  I appreciate you letting us know.  Best wishes to you and your family.

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« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2018, 09:28:56 AM »
Chuck,

So sorry to hear this news.  I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your various builds and the Arduino Dividing Head in particular.

Your build will be a reference source for many of us for a long time.

Best Wishes,

Colin

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« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2018, 10:20:56 AM »
Very sorry to hear this news. I hope you get to enjoy your remaining time doing some of the things you want to do. So sad.

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« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2018, 12:00:39 PM »
Dear Chuck,
So sorry to hear this news. You have been an inspiration to many of us aspiring model makers and your legacy will live on.

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« Reply #22 on: October 26, 2018, 12:18:24 PM »
Hi Chuck, I am so sad to hear that news.

Your work and knowledge is known to the far corners of the earth through your posts on this forum.   They are helpful to us all, and will always be worth reading again for the gems they contain.

Your courage in facing this cancer has also been an inspiration to us everywhere.

You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the months ahead.

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« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2018, 01:49:02 PM »
Chuck,

I'm so sorry to hear the news.

Your work was some of the first that I really started noticing when I got involved in this hobby and on these forums. I especially appreciate all your work in solving little shop and tool problems as you built some very nice engines. I have several of your tool buiilds on my "round tuit" list, as well as the many mental notes I have made of ways you approached problem solving in engine builds.

I will miss your projects, but I hope to see some more posts from you as long as you feel up to it.

It is sad to contemplate what our little part of the world will be like with your absence. I hope to avoid the past tense in thinking and talking, but I envision you somewhere in modelers' heaven providing advice and encouragement to everyone. My fantasy is that perhaps Cfellows will be listed in some other-worldly build list of something like a 16-cylinder side shaft built on a Rong-Fu modified for 5-axis cnc. (Chuckle).

Best of the Best to You,

ShopShoe

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« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2018, 03:18:01 PM »
Chuck,

This is sad news indeed. I was aware that you've been dealing with cancer for some time now and was always hoping that you would beat it completely. As folks have said, you're contributions here on MEM will be missed. Even more so will be your upfront and up-beat attitude you have in dealing with this horrible disease and situation. Your bravery and attitude certainly provides a wonderful blueprint for the rest of us to aspire to when that inevitable time comes.

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« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2018, 04:07:12 PM »
Chuck,   I will always think of you as a former fellow Iowan who grew up not to far from where I did in south western Iowa. I just wish I could have met you and shook your hand. You were also the person who helped me post my first photo's on here since I am not very computer savvy. For over 10 years now it has always been a treat to log on and see that CHUCK  FELLOWS has started a new project or has a new idea on how to do something. I have truly loved all your work and especially your unique air powered engines. I do think of you as a good friend. I wish you and your wife the very best. Thank you for everything.     Gary K.

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« Reply #26 on: October 26, 2018, 07:54:14 PM »
Chuck,
Going down the same road, I am saddened by your news.
Your contributions to this forum will be missed but remembered.
John

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« Reply #27 on: October 26, 2018, 09:09:34 PM »
What everyone else said.  We'll all go there eventually but it always seems too soon.   :(

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« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2018, 09:24:09 PM »
Very sad to hear your news Chuck. It comes to us all eventually one way or another I am afraid, but it does seem cruel.

On a brighter note my wife had a scan three weeks ago, and has just had the good news today that her cancer has not spread since having an affected kidney removed a year ago.

Phil


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« Reply #29 on: October 26, 2018, 10:23:13 PM »
Sorry to hear this.   You've left a fair legacy here on this forum.

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« Reply #30 on: October 27, 2018, 12:07:00 AM »
Chuck,

I'm very sorry to hear this.  Your projects have always been interesting and such an asset to the forums.  My favorite is your little green horizontal twin cylinder compressed air engine that looks (and sounds) so much like an old John Deere D engine.

Best regards,

Chuck Kuhn

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« Reply #31 on: October 27, 2018, 05:33:37 AM »
Thank you, all, for you kind and thoughtful words.  For now I'm feeling pretty normal as my body continues to recover from my last chemo treatment 4 weeks ago and I'm not yet feeling any effects from the cancer.   Many of my latest model engines will go to my two sons along with my lathe, mill, and other metal working tools.  They are both makers, one in electronics/computers and the other in woodworking and RC vehicles.  They are both anxious to get into metal working and I'm glad I can supply them with the tools they'll need.

I'll continue posting on the forum as long as I'm able.

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« Reply #32 on: October 27, 2018, 11:49:25 AM »
His Chuck,
At a time like this one never knows what to say. We who have been around for many years have encountered this disease through family members or friends. My deepest heartfelt thoughts go with you at this time. Although I have benefited from so many of your projects the one that will always bring you to mind is cutting helical gears. It's almost like I try to design an engine using them because they are so neat.
If there is a silver lining to your situation it's that your sons will be carrying on your legacy through their interests and can say that they learned from one of the best.
Take care my friend.
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« Reply #33 on: October 27, 2018, 12:47:42 PM »
Chuck this is very sad news.
Hope you can enjoy the days you have left with family and without pain.
I always have learned from your tips and projects.
You will always remember by me for that.

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« Reply #34 on: October 27, 2018, 01:31:00 PM »
Chuck, Though I've never had the opportunity to shake your hand,  I've known you a very long time now, and it saddens me deeply to hear this.   I have always admired and respected you for your intellect, and gentle manner.   I will continue to do so.   Please enjoy the forum, and I salute your courage and candor over the last 31/2 years.   

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« Reply #35 on: October 27, 2018, 04:24:06 PM »
Chuck,
Many good things have been said, I would like to echo them. Thanks for your contributions to us here in the forum. I lost both my parents to one form of cancer or another. This time in life comes to each of us but, we usually want it later than sooner. Your great tips and engine builds are enjoyed by all here. I'll be praying for you as time goes on.
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« Reply #36 on: October 28, 2018, 01:53:04 AM »
Chuck, I'm truly saddened to hear this news. I read this a couple of days ago but couldn't think of what to say about it.

 It was you that got me into this model engineering community the first time I saw your flat four air motor & then the Cirrus V8. I (like the rest) have always looked forward to the posts by "CFELLOWS") you are truly an inspiration with your engine, tooling, & all your other posts.

 Keep the posts coming Chuck.... when you can...& please take care.

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« Reply #37 on: October 28, 2018, 02:58:46 AM »
I can only wish and pray that you can enjoy life for as long as it makes sense. Like John, I just haven't known what to say the last few days. You have been an inspiration and more.

I was going to do a 'build log' about this but never did. But here is one of the things you posted about that, when I finished it, has made a really big difference in milling operations. I simple adapted the work that BogStandard started and you continued:

Best wishes,
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« Reply #38 on: October 28, 2018, 03:00:08 AM »
Bugger! Sorry to hear that Chuck, I was hoping you had it beat. Having lost a young brother to cancer I have some idea what you and your family going through. Make the most of what is left to you and may we meet on the other side one day.
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« Reply #39 on: October 28, 2018, 05:35:01 PM »
Hi Chuck, i am fairly new to the forum so havent gotten to know you well.
I am very sorry to hear your sad news. I admire the courage you are showing in facing your challenge.
I hope your final days can be made pain free.
God bless you.
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« Reply #40 on: October 28, 2018, 08:40:56 PM »
Chuck there are no words that can describe how I sorry I feel right now. I've had a few friends that have faced what you are may the Lord be with you and remember you will be missed.

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« Reply #41 on: October 29, 2018, 02:04:39 AM »
Chuck
Just saw this thread.  This news saddens me.  I was introduced to your work by George Britnell only a short time ago when he steered me to your helical gear cutting fixture.  Following your drawings I was able to make a gear cutting fixture and cut the helical gears for a project that has currently taken a back seat but will receive attention again soon.  I really appreciate the expertise you have brought to this hobby.  The loss of your your knowledge and experience will leave a hole that will be hard to fill.  I wish I could have met you and knew you better.

Sincerely

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« Reply #42 on: October 29, 2018, 06:45:50 AM »
Chuck,
I Just came across this thread and am very saddened by the terrible news. Please let me know if Mary or I can be of any help.
Terry

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« Reply #43 on: October 31, 2018, 04:19:12 PM »
Chuck,  so sorry to hear this news.  You were one of the first people I reached out to when I joined for info on your John Deere Engine.  You have been a great ambassador to this hobby. Always willing to assist with knowledge.  Know your legacy will live with me every time I run one of you air engines I’ve built.

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« Reply #44 on: October 31, 2018, 07:40:52 PM »
So Sorry to hear ! You have been a great help to all here anytime when needed.  You will be missed . My GOD bless you in that great toolshop in the heavens!

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« Reply #45 on: November 01, 2018, 03:13:26 PM »
     
        Best wishes and God Bless Chuck , your work and
        knowledge has inspired many on this forum .Thank
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« Reply #46 on: November 02, 2018, 06:30:24 PM »
Thanks again, everyone for the warm thoughts and comments.  So far, I'm not feeling any of the cancer's effects other than tiredness.  Also, the effects of my final chemo treatment are disappearing so I'm feeling reasonably good. 

Chuck
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« Reply #47 on: November 02, 2018, 06:53:34 PM »
Good to hear Chuck!....
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« Reply #48 on: November 02, 2018, 06:54:19 PM »
Let's hope that continues for as long as possible!!

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« Reply #49 on: November 02, 2018, 09:56:31 PM »
Chuck, I don't know you but I know of you and have admired your work and respected your comments on here and learned a lot.  Whenever I saw a 'cfellows' post I sit up and take notice - you are that well respected. 

Having lost both parents to the big C plus 2 relatives I can relate to what you and your family are going through, you all have our deepest sympathy and best wishes,

Chris

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« Reply #50 on: November 15, 2018, 10:49:20 PM »
Chuck,

I don't post here often enough, and everyone's already said anything I could have said - and probably better than I'd have said it too. I will think of you often. You were one of the very first posters here (after the Great HMEM Debacle of 2012), and I see you've posted some wonderful stuff. I probably haven't said "Thank you" for your input, which all helps to make this forum the great place that it is.

So, all I can say is: A heartfelt Thank You, for your posts, for your awesome skills, and for letting us come along for the ride. Your work here will never be forgotten - people will be reading your posts and marvelling at your creations for years to come. There's not many people on this planet who get to leave that kind of legacy.

Now, in the mean time, hang in there you old bugger...

All the best,
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« Reply #51 on: November 15, 2018, 11:11:22 PM »
Chuck, I don't post often, but I do lurk here daily. Reading Ade's post I agree that I couldn't say anything different or say it any better, that said I have read everything you've posted with pleasure,  so THANK YOU very much for your time and effort, its not a small task to document a build and we have all benefitted from your efforts. Thank you again

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« Reply #52 on: November 16, 2018, 02:46:45 AM »
Chuck:

We're traveling so I haven't seen the forum for some time. I'm saddened to find this thread. Don't know what to say but what is above. I do want to thank you for your contributions to the forum and the hobby. I've always looked forward to your posts, always a fresh way to view things. I'll now look forward to future posts even more. Thank you.

Hugh
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« Reply #53 on: November 16, 2018, 08:28:20 AM »
Chuck - My friend Chris told me about your situation but like Hugh I have just seen this thread for the first time. I have read it from end to end and, like Hugh, could not possibly add anything further to the kind appreciative words so far said by so many.

My thanks for what you have given to this forum, I have followed most of your posting over the years and not least the Maudsley engine which proved a fine example of your skills and knowledge.

I hope you are as pain free as possible in coming days and hope you can bless us with a few more posts as yet

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