Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame
Charles E. Hough
"I believe that a busy man is a happy man and the knowledge, skills and talents acquired during a successful career, if not used in public service at the end of a successful career, is a gross waste of human resources in a society in which there is so much work to be done. I enjoy being referred to by some who know me as ‘the busiest retired man in Tazewell County’." These are words that expressed the philosophy of Charles E. Hough up until the time of his death.
Charles Hough was very involved with many activities in his lifetime. He gave zealously to the credit union movement while never accepting a penny for any of his time. This is impressive when we consider just how many hours he spent organizing over 20 credit unions. For 32 years he was a director of the Cerelose Credit Union that he helped found. In 1953 Hough organized the Peoria Chapter Credit Union where he served continuously as director and president.
Hough was a director of the Illinois Credit Union League from 1941 to 1959 and chaired both the executive and legislative committees during that time. He served as president from 1949 to 1951.
For over a decade Hough represented Illinois as either a director or alternate in the Credit Union International Association. While a participant, he was also the president of four state districts: Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.
Governor Ogilvie appointed Charles Hough on May 1, 1969 to the Governor’s Advisory Council. There he served on task forces that included Financial Institutions, Legislative, Local Government and Pollution. Hough had always taken a proactive role in government from the time he attained voting age. He was involved with the Republican Party throughout his adult life holding many positions within the party at local, state and national levels.
Hough was employed for 49 years by Corn Products Company, where he took mandatory retirement in 1967. He had been a supervisor in the financial divisions of the plant. Hough enrolled in business courses at LaSalle Extension University and Bradley University to always keep his knowledge current.
As a lifelong member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, he served in various capacities that included chairing the 110th Anniversary Committee, teaching Sunday School and serving as a trustee.
People in his community also recognized his involvement locally. Hough was an active member of the Pekin Chamber of Commerce, serving on many committees. He also worked with Cub and Boy Scout Troops. Hough chaired the Tazewell County Savings Bond Committee during the Second World War.
Charles Hough will long be remembered for the many lives he touched. He truly is a pioneer to be honored in the Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame.