MSgt Charles Frederick Gracy USAF Ret.
1942 - 2019
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Gracy USAF, (Ret.)
April 29, 1942 - June 1, 2019
Charles "Bud" F. Gracy, 77, of Colorado Springs passed away June 1, 2019 at Lark Springs Senior Living Care Center after years long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Charles was born to the late Charles F. and Carol Gracy April 29, 1942 in Canton, Ohio. Charles graduated from Glenwood High School in 1961. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force and served from 1961-1965, and during his enlistment and while stationed in Germany, he met his wife to be, Astrid Schwandt.
They were married in April of 1965 and were married for fifty-four years. Upon discharge from the Air Force, Charles was employed as a communications engineer with Ohio Bell. He transferred to Colorado Springs in 1973 and was employed by Mountain Bell, and its succeeding iterations until he retired from Qwest after thirty-five years of employment. Charles was also an Air Force reservist and retired a Master Sergeant April 4, 2002 with thirty-two years of service.
Charles was a member of the Pikes Peak JayCees, the Telephone Pioneers of America, an avid CC hockey fan and an usher at Holy Apostles Catholic Church. He earned an Associates Degree from Pikes Peak Community College May of 1990. He also participated several years with the Benish Dance Studio's fundraiser recital, doing his best even though he had no rhythm.
Thank you to everyone at Lark Springs Care Center for the love and care you showed Charles for the over five years he spent there.
Charles is survived by his wife, Astrid; sons, Mark and Kirk Gracy; sister, Mary Jane Dyer; nephews, Bobby and Terry Colceri; and two granddaughters, Keagan and Kylee Gracy.
Graveside Service, 9:00AM, Friday, June 28, 2019, Pikes Peak National Cemetery, 10545 Drennan Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80925.
Reception to follow, Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 4925 North Carefree Circle, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917.
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Published in The Gazette on Jun. 9, 2019.
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June 19, 2019
Our condolences to Astrid and your family. We only new Charles for a short time. But during that time you could tell Charles had a heart of gold. We pray that the good memories will help you through this difficult time. May he R.I.P.
Larry & Winnie MacKenzie
June 14, 2019
We extend our sincerest condolences to Astrid and sons and other family on the passing of Charles. He was always such a kind and gentle man, and we enjoyed him so much - but we especially knew he was a lovely person by the way Astrid always loved and cared for him. There's no dementia in heaven, Charles, and you are whole again.
Al & Janice Golly
June 10, 2019
Please accept my sincerest condolence. Know that the God of comfort feels your pain and sorrow. Isaiah 61:1,2
June 10, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Gracy family. God understands the comfort that we need when we lose a loved one. May you confide in Him always because "His understanding is beyond measure." (Psalm 147:5)
June 9, 2019
On behalf of TREA, the Enlisted Association, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences. May you feel God's strength and be comforted in His loving arms.
Rev Bob Kwiatkowski
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