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LtCol CHARLES “CHUCK” FRANCIS SPRIETSMA, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS (Ret.)

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.”

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  1. John Ohler says:

    My family wish to extend our sympathy to Jean and the family for their loss. We have lost a dear friend and a loved member of our aviation museum. The Lords blessings to everyone. Rest in peace Chuck as you aim your last flight and soaring higher and farther toward heaven and eternity.

  2. Greg Kann says:

    Chuck and I went thru pilot training together bask at Big Spring TX (Webb AFB) class of 71-02. We will miss him.

  3. Helen & Michael Cotner says:

    Dear Jean and family, we are so very sorry to learn of Chucks passing. He had a beautiful smile and yes, always a joke or two. I can’t imagine your sadness and pray for happy and healthy new year ahead for all of you. Your decision to relocate to Beaufort certainly was just the right one. Being close to family is our saving grace when living with such a difficult loss. Love and miss you my dear friend. You’ve been an amazing wife to Chuck, he is now at peace and resting in the arms of the Lord. Hugs, love you Jean.

  4. Connie Kodatt says:

    So sorry to hear about Chuck’s passing. Condolences to the entire Sprietsma family.
    Connie
    RHS Class of 1965

  5. Cpl Wall says:

    I am so sorry to hear of LtCol Sprietsma”s passing. I served with him at MAG42 in Millington TN. My condolences to his family.
    Semper Fi,
    Cpl Wall

  6. Jean & Dan Brannon says:

    Dearest Jean and Family,
    We are so sad about Chuck’s passing. Our friendship goes back to yours and our newly wed days in 1971, young Marine Corps couples with an exciting future. We bonded as an extended family, forever friends. You and your family are cherished by so many, we stand with y’all during these trying times. We hope you feel our love, hugs and prayers. Chuck reached out and touched the face of God. Semper Fidelis!

  7. Lynn MacAdam says:

    Dear Jean and family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences. As you know, Chuck and I had been good friends for many years. We met in 7th grade at Glenridge Junior High School. Our families became very close after my father passed away that year. The entire Sprietsma clan adopted my mother and I, in effect making us a part of their family. I am forever grateful for their love and friendship. Rest in peace Chuck, I will miss you.

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