Charles Edward Ptaschek was born October 21, 1947 in San Francisco. He died on November 5, 2022 in Eureka. He resided in Rio Dell since 1999. He had also lived in Eureka, Arcata, Happy Camp and numerous other places. Charley was very friendly with a deep love of people and made friends wherever he went.

Charley worked at Fortuna Motors as a parts man for over 25 years, again meeting and befriending many of his customers.

Charley was preceded in death by his first wife Sharon Ptaschek, his parents Pat and Betty Ptaschek.

Charley is survived by his second wife of 16 years Marilyn Ptaschek of Rio Dell. His daughter Sarah Ptaschek of Madison, Wisconsin. His son Michael Ptaschek and his wife Angelique, their five children: Trinity, Jocelyn, Austin, Savannah, Kira of Rio Dell. He is also survived by his extended family Keith and Shirley Condit and their children Katie, Tony, and Bethi, and their grandchildren. Anita Bones and her sons Phillip and Isaiah. Maylynda Bones and her children Ashton and Lyndon.

Charley loved music and he had a special group of friends that he enjoyed getting together with and playing music when they could.

Charley loved animals, and quickly fell in love with any new additions to their home.

Charley was baptised as one of Jehovah’s witnesses April 10, 1976. He enjoyed talking to people about his deep faith and Jehovah’s promises for the future. (Revelation 21:3,4) We look forward to welcoming Charley back in the resurrection to the paradise earth in the near future.

There will be a memorial service for Charley on December 10, 2022 at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1475 Ross Hill Road, Fortuna. It will also be on zoom conference meeting ID: 981 6675 6918 password: 15602, with Steve Payetta officiating. The family would like to thank you for all your kind support through this difficult time.


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