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Chuck passed away peacefully at the age of 80, with his family by his side at his home in Pinconning on Thursday morning, August 24, 2017, after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and a short battle with cancer. Son of the late William and Anna (Zielinski) Neitzel, Chuck was born on July 26, 1937 in Bay City. He received his diploma from St. James High School and went on to serve his country in the US Army, stationed in Okinawa. Chuck is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann, whom he met in the first grade. They married after dating in high school and together raised four children in Bay City: Chari L. (David) Jean, David L. (Mary) Neitzel, Lori A. (Steve) London, and as they often confessed, they saved the best for last with their son Paul C. (Jo Ellen) Neitzel; grandchildren: Bradley (Ashley) London, Charlie London, Kyle (Carly) Jean, Stephanie London (finance Jordan Wise), Sarah Neitzel, Emily Neitzel, Lindsey Neitzel and Eric Neitzel; great granddaughters: Gia, Paisley, Sutton and future great grandson, Ayden; brother and best-friend, Jim Neitzel; sister, Mary Ann Couture, and sisters-in-law, Jeanette Neitzel and Ceil Neitzel; along with many dear nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and classmates. Chuck was predeceased by his infant daughter, Amy Jo; his parents, William and Anna Neitzel; his mother and father-in-law, Lloyd and Mildred Waterman; and a special group of brothers Bill, Ed and John Neitzel. Chuck retired to his home on the Saginaw Bay in Pinconning after 38 years with Saginaw Steering Gear. He was a long-time usher at Holy Trinity Church (Corpus Christi Parish) in his earlier years and enjoyed the opportunity to lace up the cleats as a member of the HT blooper ball team. He enjoyed tinkering in the garage and around the house during his retirement years. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching his children and grandchildren participate in multiple sports throughout Michigan and the US. Chuck was also a loyal Tigers, Red Wings, Lions and Piston fan. He had a special place in his heart for his four-legged friends and would not pass up the chance to help a stray dog or adopt another Yorkshire terrier. He enjoyed the special bond his St. James graduating class had developed through monthly luncheons and pub visits. His classmates became special aides during his illness and in his final days. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Monday, August 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Ev. Church), 614 Pine Street, Essexville, MI. Chuck will lie in state at the church on Monday after 10:00 a.m. The Rev. and good friend Fr. Dale A. Orlik will preside with the Rite of Committal following in St. Patrick Cemetery, with Military Honors conducted by the U. S. Army and Bay County Veterans Council. The Neitzel family is grateful for the compassionate care of McLaren Hospice, with a special thank you to Barb and Kathy during these difficult times, and would like memorial contributions to be directed to McLaren Hospice. Visiting hours are Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M., with the Vigil Prayer Service at 7:00 P.M. at the W. A. Trahan Funeral Chapel.


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Visitation

Sunday

27

Aug

2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center

256 N. Madison Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708

Service

Monday

28

Aug

11:00 AM
St. Jude Thaddeus Parish - St. John Church

1600 Hudson St.
Essexville, MI 48732

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