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Propst Jr., Charles W.  
GETTYSBURG Charles Wesley Propst, Jr, 66, departed this life on August 30, 2015, with his beloved wife, Donna, by his side. Mr. Propst was the dearly loved child of Lucille Propst, mother, and Charles Wesley Propst, Sr., (preceded in death), born June 12, 1949. He was the youngest of four rambunctious brothers, Joseph Bicksler, (preceded in death), Daniel Bicksler, and William Bicksler, all who sought boyhood adventure in White Hall, Md. Later, the family relocated to Glen Bernie, Md. where Mr. Propst would spend the remainder of his youth and establish lifelong friendships which he treasured until his passing. Mr. Propst was a true renaissance man in every sense of a word. His early employment began with Exxon, but it was a side job with a construction company that would eventually grow his desire to build his own home and direct him on a new path. The ability to purchase affordable land brought Mr. Propst to the Gettysburg area in the early seventies. It was here, in Gettysburg, his own history would be made because he accepted an entry level position with Spectra-Kote Corporation on January 17, 1977. This would set Mr. Propst on an amazing and ambitious course to work his way through the ranks of the company that he would eventually lead to become one of the Global leaders in wax replacement boxes. It was during this time that Mr. Propst pioneered the company's brainchild in wax replacement, WAM, and performance coatings. Mr. Propst maintained his enthusiasm and vision for the company until the time of his passing. Those who worked with him knew his strong work ethic and desire to maintain integrity, safety, and productivity in the work environment. In his free time, Mr. Propst enjoyed the art of a perfectly rebuilt Hot Rod and traveled the country to attend events with other car enthusiasts. He enjoyed the hobby so much he had been known to search out events that coincided with his travel where he would snap several hundred photos. His collection of photos has grown quite large over the years and contains thousands of pictures of his most admired cars along with the family members who grew to enjoy attending the events with him. Mr. Propst's passion for life extended far beyond the many facets of the work and cars where he found his true purpose, his ever growing family. His true love, joy, and happiness came from guiding and loving those he held most dear, his family. His immediate family includes his loving wife, Donna of Gettysburg; his beloved daughter, Erin J. Propst and her husband Matthew Moon and their children Penelope Moon and Jane Propst, of Gettysburg; his treasured son, Jason C. Propst and his wife, Margaret Propst, their children Madison, Sarah, Mary, Charles Wesley III, and Joseph, of Lancaster; and his adored daughter, Mellanie Madrigal, her children Ramon Madrigal, and Charles Madrigal of Tampa. It is in all of them where his true work of teaching love, compassion, integrity, and honor will continue on as a family legacy. Mr. Propst valued and loved his large extended family - to include each name would be lengthy and almost impossible, but those who knew him, will too, carry on his legacy. The family invites everyone to join in celebrating the life of Charles W. Propst, Jr, on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This informal event will be held at Majestic Theater and will be a time to enjoy sharing the memory and legacy of a great man. In true Charles fashion, the family requests you dress in casual attire. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you continue Mr. Propst's giving spirit by making a donation to your favorite charity in honor of Charles W. Propst. Online condolence may be made at
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Published in Evening Sun on Sept. 2, 2015
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