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Donald ‘Chuck’ Holtzinger, 77, prankster with an ‘unmistakable grin’

Donald 'Chuck' Holtzinger.
Donald ‘Chuck’ Holtzinger.

Donald “Chuck” Holtzinger, 77, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015.

He was born in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1938. He was preceded in death by his mother, Geraldine Harmon.

Chuck is survived by his five children, Jason Holtzinger of Wilmington, Mike Holtzinger of Melbourne, Florida, Susan Wentworth (Bob) of Peachtree City, Georgia, Kim (Bill) Christenberry of Birmingham, Alabama and Allene (Pete) Ward of Zionsville, Indiana; and 18 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Jim Holtzinger of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania and his sister, Jane Harmon of Pennsylvania.

Chuck served 21 years in the US Air Force including three tours in Vietnam. With this experience, he traveled the world. He was a load master on C-5 airplanes when he retired at Dover Air Force Base in 1976.

He retired from the National Weather Service as a meteorological technician after 28 years. He ended up in Wilmington, where he resided for 32 years.

Chuck enjoyed Nascar and football. He enjoyed golfing and in his later years, riding the trike motorcycle and the weekly Sunday cookouts with his son and friends.

He had the most hilarious sense of humor, always joking. Anybody around him would be in stitches with laughter. He was quite the prankster. He had a heart of gold and would give the shirt off his back for anyone. He was always there for his friends and family. He never met a stranger. That unmistakable grin, we will always remember. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Andrews Market Street Chapel. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5 at the chapel.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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