Charles Petzoldt
Charles Petzoldt

Obituary of Charles O. Petzoldt

On March 1, 2022, this great country lost another hero. Charles “Charlie” Petzoldt died this day, losing another member of the greatest generation of all time. They had no time for pretend as they were taking on a world that was at war. He was a Seabee in the 143rd United States Naval Construction Battalion, Company C in World War II. As a Seabee, he was in the Pacific campaign building and constructing what was needed to defeat the Japanese. Many times, under fire, he continued to do his job until he could come home to his wife Ida. He was a humble man who was always in service to his country whether it be in the navy or as a reserve fireman in New York and Florida. His most important job he carried out was a husband to his beautiful wife Ida and father to LouAnn. After Ida’s death he met Evelyn. They were committed in a ceremony on Saint Thomas Island at Bluebeard’s Castle. In his later years, he and his lovely Evelyn lived life with a passion and great enthusiasm playing golf and cruising the seas. Evelyn lovingly took care of him as his health declined over the past few years. His passion was golf. He caddied in his youth, and he grew to be a golf course superintendent at several private and prestigious golf and country clubs in Florida. He was consistently one of the top golf superintendents of his time. He was also an amateur golfer who played with many of the old legends in Pro/Am tournaments. He was preceded in death by his father; Oscar Petzoldt, mother; Anna Petzold, wife; Ida, sisters; Jean Preston and Peggy Talkington, and grandson; Joshua. He is survived by Evelyn Crawford daughter; LouAnn Gregory and husband Michael, granddaughter; Kristina Fletcher and husband Colin, great-granddaughters; Savannah and Ansleigh, nieces; Donna Krebs and husband Denny, Kathy McKinney, Barbara Barclay, nephew; William Preston, Grand-niece; Kristen Krebs (Wade) and husband Chris, Cassie Barclay, Grand-nephews; Mark Krebs, Shawn McKinney, Jason McKinney, sister-in-law; Sally Barclay. I would like Charlie to be remembered whenever you hear the song “God Bless America” because it invokes his beliefs and passion in life. Funeral services will be Friday, March 11, 2022, at 12 p.m. at Rolling Hills Cemetery, Winter Haven, Florida.
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Graveside Service

Friday, March 11, 2022 - 12:00 PM -- Rolling Hills Cemetery 4810 Tilden Road Winter Haven, FL 33881
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