December, 26, 1934 - April, 1, 2014
“And a comet passed across our sky and has flown beyond our view.”
Charles “Chuck” L. Beltz leaves behind in wonder and awe an adoring and ever contentious wife, Erlyne, a daughter Cathleen Beltz, his alter ego, Steve Sprague, step children, LeSha Clark, Kelly Rae Sprague, Melanie Cook, Duane Sprague and James Carroll; siblings Eleanor Perez and Michael Fitzgerald. He had nine beloved grandchildren and many nieces and nephews he was so proud of.
His was a life well lived, touching many and touched by even more, a legacy he leaves to all of us.
He was to us all, a font of wisdom, knowledge spirituality and indulgence. His many friends both men and women relied on his strength, his wit, his caesar salad, eggs benedict and other fruits of the big green egg.
Chuck wore many coats of different colors starting off as a naïve encyclopedia salesman to President of his own worldwide travel organization, “BeltzTravel”. Then on to a seat on the Pacific Stock Exchange and a goldmining adventure in Idaho.
He loved to cook, to party and be on the water, all of which he did with no bow to moderation.
Chuck was a veteran of the Korean War. He was described by his commanding officer, a congressional Medal Honor winner, as the best soldier he ever knew. His ashes will be interred in the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery.
A celebration of his life and adventures will be held at the Creekside HOA club house at 139 Avenida Barbera in Sonoma CA. 95476 on Saturday April 19, 2014 from 2pm to 5pm or so.