Another very precious Honored Teammate – Charles A. Oostdyk, Jr.

When I started on this journey I had no knowledge that any of my immediate friends or acquaintances were directly impacted by these diseases.   Very quickly I began to find out just how widespread it is.

The other day, after my wife had sent some fundraising emails to many of our common friends, we began to receive responses with information on their loved ones who have been impacted by this.

Last Friday I attended the monthly meeting of the Orange County Astronomers (from 2001-2002 I was the president of the club).  A good friend at the club is Charlie Oostdyk who has been the treasurer for as long as I can remember.

Charlie thanked me for what I am doing with my running/fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society and let me know that a year ago on March 17th his father died of acute onset Leukemia just 5 days after being diagnosed with the condition.   To say I was shocked is an understatement.

This journey for me is truly about getting present to the impact these blood cancers have on our community and as heartbreaking as this is I wanted to honor Charlie’s fathers memory.  I asked Charlie if he would allow me to have his father as another Honored Teammate.   Of course Charlie agreed.

I wish the very best for Charlie and his family at this sad time.

Charles A. Oostdyk, Jr.

Charles A. O0stdyk, Jr.

Charles A. Oostdyk, Jr. (photo is from 1957)
July 26th 1921 - March 17th 2010

Charlie passed away 3/17/2010 at age 88 from leukemia surrounded by family at the Loma Linda VA Hospital.

He served as a Captain in the Army Air Corp in WWII as a meteorologist in the European Theater.  He was employed by the Goodyear Tire &Rubber Company for 17 years and Aerojet General Company before founding Orange County Rubber Company, Inc. of which he was President and CEO providing industrial rubber products throughout Southern California for 17 more years, representing Goodyear and Gates Rubber Company.

Charlie is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years Marjie, son Charles III, and grandchildren Chuck and Jenny.  He will be missed by his loving family, dear friends, local and across the country.

Living in Sun City for the past 31 years he was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church of Sun City and the Masonic Order Menifee Valley Lodge 289 F. & A. M.


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