Charles W. “Bill” Schertz, 85, of Pinedale, passed away peacefully Dec. 8 at the Sublette Center in Pinedale. Bill was born Nov. 15, 1927 in Las Vegas to Charles Bryan and Margerite Leona Schertz.
After high school, Bill studied electronics and earned his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. This training served him well when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy towards the end of WWII, where he served his country as an electronics technician mate aboard the U.S.S. George.
Bill met the love of his life Virginia Rose Sperlik at a dance in Chicago. It was love at first sight. After several years of long-distance courtship, Bill and Ginny were married Feb. 12, 1948 in Bakersfield, Calif. They settled in San Luis Obispo, Calif., where Bill finished his schooling.
Bill worked in the military and defense industry missile guidance and ballistics for GD Consolidated. Most of the work he did was top secret; he used his knowledge and expertise in electronics to serve the United States of America, the country he dearly loved throughout his life.
Bill was a devout Catholic and would readily share his belief in and love for his savior Jesus Christ. He rarely missed any of his worship services and loved to be a part of the Our Lady of Peace functions and church activities. Bill loved God, his family, children, and life.
Bill and Ginny were blessed with one son, Billy, who tragically lost his life in a climbing accident in Nepal in 1990. This was devastating to both of them, but they relied on one another and the Lord and eventually healed from this great loss. Bill and Ginny worked countless hours in service to their community in many different capacities throughout their lives. Ginny preceded Bill in death July 24, 2010.
Bill’s smile and the sparkle in his eye could light up any room and was a light to many a life. He will be remembered fondly and will be greatly missed.
A funeral mass was held Dec. 11 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Pinedale. Father Peter James Mwaura conducted the services. Military honors and interment followed in the Pinedale Cemetery.