Charles Joseph Getz, 95, of Baroda passed away on Saturday November 22, 2014 at The Willows Assisted Living, St. Joseph.
A funeral service will be held 11 AM Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9193 Cleveland Ave., Baroda with Reverend Bradley A. Ross officiating. Friends may meet with the family Tuesday from 6-8 PM at Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. Burial will be in Ruggles Cemetery, Baroda. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Berrien County Cancer Service.
Charles was born August 14, 1919 in Wharton, Texas the son of the late Joseph and Sophia Getz. On March 1, 1952 he married Bernice L. Schinske and she preceded him in death on June 13, 1991. Charles was a graduate of Stevensville High School and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Baroda. He was a US Navy veteran and a member of the Baroda American Legion Post 345. Charlie was a tool and die maker by trade and retired from Bendix Corporation in South Bend in 1983 after 42 years of service. He was a gardener and his passion was growing tomatoes. Charlie had been a member of the Dank and enjoyed visiting with friends there and polka dancing. Charles lived on a small family farm and for years allowed his farm to become a habitat for pheasants.
Survivors include a son - Robert (Chris) Getz of Baroda; a daughter - Sandra (Keith) McClintock of Baroda; grandchildren - Julie Getz, Jennifer Getz and David Hoffman; a great granddaughter - Jada Getz; a brother - Edward (Jean) Getz of Stevensville and a dear friend - Evelyn Reitz.
Charles was also preceded in death by two sons - Milton and Charlie Hoffman; a grandson - Robert Hoffman; a brother - Arnold Getz and a sister - Valasta Petzke.
6-8 PM ,Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel
9191 Red Arrow Hwy Bridgman, MI 49106
11 AM ,Wednesday, November 26, 2014
St. John's Lutheran Church
9193 Cleveland Avenue Baroda, MI 49101
Military Rites of Burial and Commital
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
8475 Stevensville-Baroda Road Baroda, MI 49101