Charles (Chuck) Bartosz was raised in Chicago, Illinois. He was one of four siblings and enjoyed family fishing trips to Fox Lake and Hayward, WI. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Chuck was a jet engine mechanic and his service sent him to Japan where he met the love of his life, Fujiko. They would marry, move back to the United States and have six children. Chuck retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service and settled down in Boise, ID. He started his second career as a service repairman and helped raise all six kids. Weekends were spent on camping trips in the summer, snow sledding trips in the winter and fishing trips all year long. Chuck enjoyed the outdoors and always wanted time for “one more cast” before bringing in the fishing poles.
Chuck and Fuji retired in Boise, ID and would eventually see four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. They were the epitome of a loving and caring home. Chuck, became known as “G-PA” or grandpa to everyone he met. He was always ready with a song, a joke and a wonderful smile. Over the years Chuck lost his wife, two sons and a daughter. He would eventually suffer personal health issues which led to his stay at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise. He was well cared for and loved by a wonderful staff.
On September 20, 2020, Chuck decided to go on his final fishing trip where he no longer had to ask for “one more cast”. He lived a good long life and passed peacefully with his surviving two daughters and son by his side. One last joke from Chuck, “Do you know what a zookie is? It’s the key to the zoo”.
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