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Charles “Chuck” Schmelter

Thousand Oaks, CA

Charles “Chuck” Schmelter passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, just over a week after his 86th birthday.

Chuck was born at home in Brooklyn on September 5, 1931 to Charles Schmelter and Alice Ryan. He was the 2nd of four children. Chuck joined the Air Force in 1951 at the age of 19 and served for over three years in England. He married the love of his life, Eileen Gaffney, in 1953 and returned to New York with his wife and new baby in 1955. Chuck and Eileen lived in Long Island with their 5 children and eventually moved to Woodland Hills, California in 1966 for his job with Litton Industries. They welcomed their 6th child shortly after the move.

Chuck’s 86 years were filled with endless family gatherings, sporting events and annual trips to Lake Tahoe with his children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren. From a young age, Chuck was a fierce competitor. He excelled as a boxer and baseball player. Sports and fitness were always a big part of his life. He also had a huge sweet tooth, which he kindly passed down to most of his children and grandchildren. Chuck always told them if you ran or exercised regularly, that you could eat all the sweets you want. Chuck was an avid runner and became a phenomenal tennis player as he got older. In his retirement, he joined several Senior Softball leagues. He would often brag to his grandchildren, that he was able to easily play in a younger age group because he was in such great shape. He became somewhat of a legend within the Senior Softball community. In addition to athletics, Chuck had a passion and love for writing.

His children will remember him for the amazing father he was to each of them. His grandchildren will remember him not only as a sports enthusiast, but for the Saturday morning dates he did with each of them individually. Charles lost his wife, Eileen, just over 14 years ago. His love for her became even more apparent once she was gone. He also lost his eldest son, Robert, three years ago. Chuck’s family takes comfort in knowing that he is reunited with Eileen and Bob…for eternity.

Charles is survived by 5 of his 6 children, 22 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 7 nieces and nephews. This week, Charles “rounded third base” and finally “made it home.” He really didn’t do “too bad for a beat up old guy”!

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23 at St. Julie Billiart in Newbury Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Research Center at

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