Charles John Zeitvogel
September 4, 1935 – January 22, 2021
Charles J. Zeitvogel “Chuck” passed away at home on January 22, 2021 of natural causes.
He was born in Rochester, New York on September 4, 1935 and grew up on a farm near Byron with four siblings. While still in high school, he enlisted in the Army National Guard. At the age of 20, he joined the United States Air Force and traveled the world for 30 years retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant Among his many assignments, he especially enjoyed his time in Ankara, Turkey and Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan.
After retirement, Chuck continued to serve his church and community as an active leader in Boy Scouts, the American Legion Post 209, The Knights of Columbus, and The Retired Enlisted Association. A lifelong learner, he received an Associate Degree in Applied Science, Food Technology in 1955 from State University of New York at Morrisville. Chuck then obtained his Bachelor of Art degree in Business Administration from Wittenberg University OH in 1975, and finally his Master of Science in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 1991.
Chuck gave back to the people around him by volunteering to help do taxes for the VITA program and the AARP. He entertained and educated young people as a docent at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and engaged all ages through Toastmasters. He was a member St Patrick’s Catholic Church for over 30 years and served there as in various capacities.
He was a thoughtful husband, wonderful father, and beloved grandparent. He leaves behind his wife Veronica; son Chris; daughter Marla, her husband Marty and their three children Derek, Callista, and Phoebe; daughter Lisa, her husband Mike and their four children Corrie, Katie, Gregory, and Elizabeth. He also leaves his brother Bill and sister Mary, as well as stepchildren and grandchildren.
Visitation for Chuck will be held Wednesday February 10, 2021 at 5:30 PM, and Mass on Thursday February 11, 2021 at 10AM located at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, at 6455 Brook Park Dr. Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918. Chuck will be laid to rest following services at Pikes Peak National Cemetery.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Charles John Zeitvogel
February 11, 2021
After reading what our son Chris wrote, I felt compelled to add some thoughts. Chuck was a fine Christian man, a hard worker, and a patriotic American, as evidenced by his 30 year career in the USAF, where he rose to the highest enlisted rank and received the AF Commendation Medal. Though we had our differences, mostly stemming from our totally different backgrounds, we both wanted the best for our children. They took music lessons, joined Scout troops, went to summers camps, wore braces on their teeth, went to college (two of them on ROTC scholarships), graduated, and became responsible citizens. Chuck also served as an Assistant Boy Scout leader, both in Fairborn, Ohio and in Colorado Springs. He was determined to be the father and male role model that he and his siblings didn't have, (as did his brothers). I think he did a pretty good job !
My sympathy, prayers and love are with the entire extended family.
February 7, 2021
Two sisters (Virginia and Mary) who loved their brother. I think this was about in August 1989, and we had a great time visiting him and family in Colorado Springs and seeing the sights. He's with Virginia now, no doubt hiking the hills of heaven.
February 5, 2021
Love you. Miss you....that's for sure.
February 4, 2021
Chuck and I were in grade school together District Number 4 in Leroy New York when he joinded the service we missed one another thereafter after but kept in contact over the years a wonderful guy we're going to miss him Jerry Shepard Batavia New York
February 2, 2021
My Dad loved to travel. He instilled that in all of his children. Here’s a picture of him in Paris. We miss you Dad
January 31, 2021
He will always be Dad Z to me. Dad Z always treated me like I was one of his daughters; in fact, he came to my college graduation at UNC when his own daughter, Marla, was unable to attend.
I have such vivid memories of sitting in his kitchen in Colorado Springs just talking. Even though I was a teenager at the time, he always listened to me as an adult. He welcomed me into his home and into his life, and for that, I will always be grateful.
I love you, Dad Z!
January 30, 2021
We Zeitvogels...through thick and thin, joy and sorrow...we share a special bond never to be broken in life or in death. Brother Charles, 'til we are all together again, may God embrace you and bless your soul. You were a wonderful brother, and I will miss you.
Mary Zeitvogel Tanzer
January 29, 2021
I first met Charlie when he came to Orlando, FL. in May 1959 to attend my wedding as his brother, Tom’s Best Man.
There were many visits over the years, & I got to know the “funny” & the “serious”, Charlie. The 1st funny thing was on a day trip from Biloxi MS to New Orleans. He & Tom both ordered water to drink, in an old Howard Johnson’s. Not unusual, until they ordered a saucer full of lemon slices, & proceeded to make “free” lemonade!
His serious side came out when he flew to CA & then FL (for burial) when our 17 month old daughter died & he wanted to be with us.
There are so many stories to share over the 61 years we were “in laws” together, so you must know how much he meant to us & how much he will be missed.
Rest In Peace in our Heavenly Father’s arms, brother in law!
January 29, 2021
Dad and Veronica at their house.