Charles “Chuck” Keith Stice passed away on April 6, 2022 at his home, and surrounded by family, in Merced, California. Chuck was born on June 21, 1939, in Oswego, Kansas to Henry and Mary Stice. He lived in Meade, Kansas until graduating from Meade High School in 1957. After graduating he attended college in Kansas at Fort Hayes State University and Hutchinson Community College before finding his place in the United States Navy.
Chuck proudly served aboard the USS Midway and experienced many of the island territories and Asian countries while on tour in the South Pacific or high over it in an A3 Skywarrior. During his Navy career he also served at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington as Chief Squadron Crew Chief Mechanic as a Tech Sergeant. He moved to California and was stationed at Moffett Field NAS. Chuck met Claire “Lynnette” (Armstrong), who he married in 1964 and began raising his beloved family in Alameda after a transfer to the Alameda Naval Air Station in California. He also served in the Seabees and Air Force National Reserves from Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA. before retiring from his military service. As a very proud veteran, Chuck would later volunteer with other retired military personnel to help restore an A3 and other air craft for display at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California.
After 8 years of active duty service in the Navy, Chuck began his 25-year career with IBM in South San Jose. There, his family grew and strengthened while embracing their fellowship at Foxworthy Baptist Church in San Jose, CA. Chuck and Lynnette finally retired, relocated to Merced, CA and welcomed the embrace of a new church family at First Southern Baptist Church Winton where Chuck was ordained as a Deacon and served the church and church families and where, in 2014, he and Lynnette would celebrate their Golden Anniversary.
Chuck’s loving, friendly, and helpful spirit was buoyed by those that loved and cared for him. His dedication to those that he served and loved is a long-lasting inspiration. Most affectionately, Chuck’s love towards his immediate and extended family was rich, pure and unconditional with consistent dedication throughout his life.
Chuck also shared a love for the outdoors with his family, first, in the creeks, fields and lakes of Kansas and, later throughout the many waterways, mountains and wildlife areas of Northern California. He truly enjoyed preparing for, actively participating in, and daydreaming about his latest adventures.
Chuck found adventure in sports as well, excelling at football, track & field, basketball, softball, and bowling during his younger years. His love of sports and his gentle encouragement inspired his boys (Jeffrey and Bryan) to compete athletically as well.
Chuck’s daughter Patricia blessed him with his first Grandchild, and in doing so, revealed one of his most dedicated and endearing qualities: Grandpa.
Chuck leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Lynnette; sisters Ilene Coleman of Phoenix, AZ and Retha Buettgenbach of Andover, KS; Sons Jeffrey Stice of Merced, CA and Bryan Stice of Colusa, CA; Daughter Patricia Lash (husband, Bill) of Sunnyvale, CA; Grandchildren Stephanie Bogard of Rancho Cordova, CA , Melanie Schichtel (husband, Eddie) of Morganton, North Carolina , Christopher Bogard of Rancho Cordova, CA, Felisha Stice of Santa Clara, CA, and Riley Stice of Colusa, CA, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Chuck is preceded in death by his parents Henry and Mary Stice, and his siblings Eugene Stice, Doris Cope, Betty Bohling, Ronald Stice, Margie Capra, and Marvin Stice.
Service will be held be on Saturday April 16, 2022 at 11:00 am with the viewing beginning at 10 am at First Southern Baptist Church Winton in Winton, CA under the Direction of Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home. Charles will be laid to rest on Monday April 18, 2022 at the San Juaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA.