FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - CW5 Charles David "Chuck" Petrie, 48, passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in his home. Chuck was born in Grand Forks, N.D. on Nov. 7, 1965, to Charles Arthur Petrie and Anne Carlson Petrie.
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An endlessly fun father, and a creatively loving husband, Chuck strove to make each and every opportunity way more fun than it had any business being.
A vivacious, professional soldier, he lived for the team mission and his comrades in arms. He never missed the opportunity to go the extra mile to guarantee victory. A true expert, he was a gifted teacher and mentor to many.
He mastered sarcasm.
He sniffed dogs for therapy.
He didn't always drive BMWs, but when he did, he only drove purple ones.
He made a cheese sauce that would have made George H.W. Bush love broccoli.
He hated communists, cats and incompetence dutifully.
He loved just about everything about Germany, but especially his native friends.
He chose the old classic over the new flagship every time.
He could integrate a song title or lyric into any conversation.
His vocabulary was intimidating.
His wit clocked in at light speed.
Van Halen's album, 1984, saved his life in the jungles of Honduras in 1997.
He had the ears and appreciation of a professional musician.
He refused to leave the house until his socks matched his shirt…..without exception.
His reflexes were abnormally fast.
He always said the words "accoutrements" and "target" with a French accent.
He was a man of the highest quality.
He was assigned to Headquarters, US Forces Command (FORSCOM).
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (5OLC), Air Medal (2OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (OLC), Army Valorous Unit Award (2), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon (OLC), Overseas Service Ribbon (4OLC), Combat Action Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge.
He is survived by his wife, Terri M. Petrie, of Fayetteville; sons, Charles Matthew Petrie and his wife, Betty, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Benjamin David Petrie of Fayetteville; daughter, Emily Christine Petrie of Fayetteville and her fiancé, Greg Sawyer, of Pennsylvania.; his father and mother, Charles A. and Anne C. Petrie, of New Hampshire, and a sister, Angela McPherson, of Colorado. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the All American Chapel, Building C-7242 Ardennes Street, Fort Bragg, N.C. 28310 with Pastor Chris Shinnick officiating.
Visitation will follow the service in the reception hall at the Chapel.
Burial will be 1 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to LaFayette Funeral Home, 6651 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304. On-line condolences may be made at www.lafayettefh.com.
Lafayette Funeral Home
6651 Raeford Rd Fayetteville, NC 28304
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Dec. 17, 2013