(Oct. 20, 2007)
Word has been received of the Oct. 20, 2007, death in Los Angeles, Calif., of former Powell resident, Charles Julius Heasler, III. He was 64.
Chuck was born on May 27, 1943 in Powell to Charles and Jayne (Watters) Heasler and was raised in Ft. Morgan, Colo.
He graduated from Ft. Morgan High School and attended Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction, Colo. before enlisting in the United States Army. He attained the rank of Captain. Chuck was a helicopter pilot who was wounded during his service in Vietnam. He received many medals for his service, including a Purple Heart.
He married Diane Gerken in 1967 and from this union came daughters Loretta and Kathy. Upon his discharge from the Army, Chuck moved his family to Estes Park, Colo., where he was a residential building developer. He and Diane were divorced in 1978.
Chuck was a member of Estes Park Masonic Lodge 183, where he attained the status of Master Mason. As a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, he joined the Shriners, the youngest one to do so in Colorado.
Chuck married Linda (McDaniel) Blake in 197, and from this union, daughter Julia was born. Chuck and Linda were divorced in 1990.
An accountant by profession, Chuck worked in the family accounting practice in Ft. Morgan before moving to Los Angeles in 1990.
Chuck was a gifted pianist and ballroom dancer. He was a skilled carpenter and enjoyed building projects, large and small. Chuck enjoyed teaching young people how to develop good business skills, and was an experienced outdoorsman. He took many school groups on camping trips into the Colorado Rockies to teach them survival skills.
Chuck is survived by his brother, James (Charity) Heasler of Forestville, Calif., and two daughters: Kathy Gerken with daughters Alea and Pangaea Kaan of Omaha, Nebr., and Julia (Frank) Lopez with son Xavier and daughter Zoe of Lancaster, Calif. He is also survived by stepchildren Ronna (Larry) Thomas, with their children Dmitri, Emily and Jack of Houston, Texas; Michael Blake of Denver and Shanti-Anna (Ray) Smallwood and their children Jasmine and Kaylynn of Denver.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Loretta Donahue.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service in Estes Park will be announced at a later date this winter. For those who wish, donations may be made in Chuck’s memory to Estes Park Masonic Lodge 183, P.O. Box 183, Estes Park, CO 80517.