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Charles Russell Vanderstelt
March 13, 1935-February 26, 2013
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Charles Russell Vanderstelt, "Chuck" entered into rest on Feb.26, 2013.He was born in Fruit port,MI.,March 13,1935 to the late Herbert and Marian Vanderstelt. He grew up by Lake Michigan with 4 sisters and 2 brothers. He had always hoped to go back to Michigan and was proud of his German/Dutch heritage. In 1952 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp serving in the Korean War overseas for 4 years as a Forward Observer in Naval gunfire .He was a proud solider of the Marine 1st Division,5th Regiment. After the Marines, he attended Northrop Aeronautics in Ca. with the GI bill he earned, opening the door to his lifelong aviation career. He obtained his Pilot's, Master Mechanic and Federal Aviation Inspector licences.He renewed his Federal Inspector licence and held it till his death. In 1957, he moved to San Jose,Ca where he started a family and opened his own business at Reid Hillview Airport for 20 years. It was there he invented a cylinder machine saving hours to re haul them for small aircraft. He then traveled to Minnesota, Washington and Idaho working on various aviation endeavors. In 2005, he made a airplane fly without magnetos, an aviation first. The project was funded by NASA and the military for spy plane research. He worked hard every day, helping anyone who asked. Chuck could fix anything and if it couldn't be fixed he would reinvent it till it did. He loved researching law and medical on his computer. He is survived by his son, Neal Vanderstelt,2 daughters Vanessa and Nadine,2 sisters, Jean and Ruth, brother Jack and 3 grandchildren, Kira, Kyle and Sarah. He will be missed as a father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. P.L. Fry and Son, 290 North Union Road, is honored to be serving the Vanderstelt family.  He will be laid to rest with full military honors at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 McCabe Road, Gustine, CA. March 13, 2013 at noon. For condolences to the family please visit our website at

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Saturday, March 9, 2013