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Author Topic: Charles Henry Sturtevant, 91, USA, Korea, Miramar NC - FLO - 27 JAN  (Read 102 times)

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The family of Charles Henry Sturtevant has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to be present to honor their hero for his service to his country.   It will be our privilege to do so.

Chuck enlisted in the US Army the day after he graduated from high school. Chuck served from January 6th, 1951, to December 27, 1952.  After boot camp, he was deployed to Korea where he served as a member of the Military Police. After Chuck was honorably discharged, he enrolled in San Diego State University (SDSU) where he majored in Mathematics and Geology.

In his Junior year at SDSU, Chuck met the love of his life, Peggy Malone, in Balboa Park. Their wedding on November 22, 1956, began a marriage of 66 years that was blessed with seven children and five grandchildren.

After graduation from SDSU, Chuck was employed as a Systems Analyst at Navel Electronics Laboratory (NEL) in Point Loma. While at NEL, Chuck became an expert in anti-submarine warfare. His work took him to places around the world including Hawaii, Washington DC, Japan, and Italy. In 1978, he was appointed to the position of Science Advisor to the Third Fleet and the family relocated to Hawaii for 2 years. Several years later, Chuck directed the Anti-submarine Warfare Department at the Pentagon where he was affectionately known as “Pops”. Chuck retired in June 1993 after 37 years of service.

Outside of work, Chuck took an active role in his children’s education and served on many committees at Holy Family Church and School. Chuck loved the beach and desert and enjoyed sharing his love of nature with his family. He was also a sought-after Little League coach.

After Chuck retired, he became a docent for the Mission San Diego where he took great pleasure sharing his knowledge of San Diego history with all visitors, especially elementary school children. In his free time, Chuck enjoyed reading, puzzle games, listening to folk/country music, classical music and walking.

Chuck passed away on September 6, 2022, at the age of 91 due to complications related to Alzheimer’s. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; children Joseph (Clare), Eileen, Mary (Ed), James (Randie), Patricia (Art), John and Katie; and grandchildren Samantha, Andrew, Matthew, Christopher and Charlie. Chuck is preceded in death by his sister Helen Sturtevant Chadwick. At Chuck’s request, his body was donated to Alzheimer’s research.

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring this Military Veteran. For those interested, and all PGR are welcome, we will be meeting the family at Miramar National Cemetery. Please see the time table if you would like to participate.

Time Table for Friday 27 JAN

1000- Stage at Miramar National Cemetery

1015 – Mission Briefing

1045- Move to designated shelter

1100 - Flag Line, Funeral Service with Military Honors Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122

R/C Stacey McCarthy “Lil Bit”

You do not have to be a Veteran or a motorcycle rider to attend this mission. All PGR members are welcome. We encourage those who do not ride to attend in your car. If this is your first mission, go to the initial staging area, and you will be briefed by the R/C (Ride Captain). Dress for motorcycle riding or wear casual attire while driving a cage (car). Please feel free to attend any portion of this mission you can. Please ride/drive safely.

Remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent with honor and respect for our Heroes—no talking, smoking, or cell phone use during the flag line or service. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Show respect to all who are there, not just the ones we honor.

Robin "Skrewball" Parker
SoCal PGR Mission Ops
858 945 2363