Charles “Chuck” Francis Sprietsma passed away on Saturday evening December 12, 2020 in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Chuck was born on October 28, 1946 in New Rochelle, New York and was the first child and first son of Charles J Sprietsma and Dorothy Vale Sprietsma.
Chuck attended the University of Tampa on a full basketball scholarship and graduated as the outstanding honor graduate of 1968-1969. He was then commissioned in the United States Marine Corps and went on to serve 21 years as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot, including wartime service with 281 combat missions in Vietnam. He retired from military service in 1991 as a LtCol and began his second career with State Farm Insurance as an underwriter and business analyst.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Jean Way Sprietsma (married July 19, 1969, the day before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon), his son Charles Scott Sprietsma (married Paige Amsler Sprietsma), daughter Laurie Deborah Sprietsma (fiance Shawn Orloski), sister Deborah Norrid, brother Gavin Sprietsma, and his three grandchildren, Ryan, Scotty, and Greta.
Chuck was an avid pilot, ok golfer (his words), and runner (in his younger days). He loved a good romantic comedy, old movies, a beautiful sunset, baseball, and always had his “jokes ready.”
A visitation will be held at Copeland Funeral Service – One Copeland Drive on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, for family and close friends. The funeral service, with full military honors, will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
Jean and the family appreciate all the outpouring of support and sympathy expressed by family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Prairie Aviation Museum, 2929 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704.
In Chuck’s words, “I had loving parents and family, terrific opportunities, and happiness. And with my wonderful wife Jean, I was able to enjoy the blessings of two great children. I have had a great life.”