Charles Earl Knettles

Lt. Colonel Charles (Chuck) Earl Knettles, (17) 84, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 30, 2017, after a courageous fight against Alzheimer's. Chuck was born in Los Angeles, California on April 20, 1932, to Earl Dudley Knettles and Margery Lily (Gosden) Knettles. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, he married his beautiful high school sweetheart Carol Ruth Yates on May 18, 1957. Chuck went on to serve as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps, serving one tour in Vietnam. He and Carol raised their three children in Kailua, Hawaii, where he enjoyed his passion for sailing, flying, and family time. Family was everything to Chuck.


 Chuck is survived by his wife Carol Ruth (Yates) Knettles of Locust Grove Va.; son Steven Charles of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; daughter Cynthia Geracoulis of Locust Grove, Va.; son John Christopher of Kuwait City, and (calabash daughter) Dana Marie Story of Houston, Texas.


 He was a beloved Grandfather to Hailey Kathleen Knettles, Zachary Steven Knettles, Andrew Charles Geracoulis, Anna Natalya Geracoulis, Rory Caroline Knettles, Benjamin Keone Knettles, Jaxson Kai Knettles, Alexandra Marie and Raye Elaine Story.


 He is also survived by his sister, Carole Anne (Knettles) East, of Reedley, Calif.; brother-in-law, Roger William Yates (Carole) of Bakersfield, Calif.; and nieces Heather Alemania, Kelly Riebesell, and Sally Yates. Cousins Larry and Patricia Rovetti of Simi Valley, Calif.; Diane St.John of Vancouver, BC; and nephews Jeffrey East (Pat), Daniel East, Andrew East, Thomas East (Renee), and Jim East (deceased Heidi), all of Reedley, Calif. Cousins Suzanne Fults (Greg) of Hawaii; Robert Rovetti of Los Angeles, Calif. and Gina Romo of California.  He is preceded in death by cousins, Joan (DeGrasse) Oelke, Herb Oelke, James Rovetti, and his brother-in-law Roger East.


 Military Funeral Honors will be rendered at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, at Quantico National Cemetery. (Quantico Station, 18424 Joplin Rd, Triangle, VA 22172). In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Alzheimer's Association at