Backhoe King, Family Man and Reluctant World Traveler. Jeff Gordon just lost his best fan and Home Depot its best customer. Chuck Bertalon, 73, was happily working on his beloved ranch when his heart failed him without warning. Chuck ran and owned Bertalon Construction Company, a Sonoma County general engineering and construction company for 40 years. His family and friends will miss him; and the many employees he cracked the whip on (well maybe not all of them) all over Sonoma County while completing infrastructure and utility construction projects. Chuck volunteered on whatever projects his wife Wendy talked him into, and he was always happy to help. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War as a radio airman and owned a motorcycle shop on the island of Okinawa. Chuck was the hardest working, loyal, loving, clever guy you ever met. He took every challenge that came along. Chuck adored his family, friends and ranch. He was an amazing father and role model for his son Nicholas and a loving, thoughtful husband. If you were to look up the definition of Dad in the dictionary there would be a picture of him. He dreamt big and never came short of fulfilling his dreams; but most of all he was always present to help others in achieving their own dreams. The legacy he built will live on forever and wisdom he shared with us will never be forgotten. You will always be with us Dad. Thank you for all the cards, unanswered phone calls and food we didn't know we needed. Friends and family came, cried a million tears, ate all the food and felt the love in every bite. Thank you again for all of the love and support. We will have a celebration to scatter his ashes and hang out at his favorite spot by the pond. Join us to celebrate his life this October 5 at 2pm. Please bring a dish to share and a folding chair.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2013