Charlie (Out House) Hetrick has left for the great rendezvous in the sky.
Born in Port Townsend, WA on October 19, 1946, Charles Henry Harold Hetrick III. He passed away at home near Crocker Lake on July 7, 2021.
Charlie will be remembered for his love and devotion to children and those in less fortunate circumstances.
Love of the outdoors and music fuel his early passions. He was active in the Boy Scouts, obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He traveled by train to Valley Forge to attend a National Jamboree an occasion that fueled a lifelong passion for historical reenactment. He fished summers in SE Alaska trolling for salmon with his father in a boat dad built behind the service station he owned and operated.
Charlie graduated from Port Townsend High School in 1965 near the top of his class in academic standing. He lettered in football and held down the first chair bass position in the Orchestra.
Charlie graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Fisheries Biology. Following graduation, he entered the Army training at Ft Polk as a Combat Medic. He used that education and training as a lab technician at Harborview Hospital and later as a Quality Control Supervisor for a seafood processor.
In the late 70's Charlie started working for himself as a general contractor and later as a specialty contractor installing tile, and flooring on the East side of Lake Washington.
Charlie was a "Mountain Man" at heart. He loved shooting black powder and all the activities associated with the culture. Charlie met the love of his life Marti Shields (Willow Muddy Fire) at a mountain man event and tied the knot with her in May of 2002. Together they participated in Historical reenactments, rendezvous, black powder shoots, gun shows and other similar events all over the western United States.
Charlie was active in the Elks lodge offering his helping hand to many activities. The annual Easter Egg hunt at Chetzemoka Park being one of his favorites. His memorial service was hosted by and held at Port Townsend lodge #317. He was also an active member of the Port Townsend VFW Post 6538.
Charlie was proceeded in death by his parents Zelma R. (Barrie) and Donald B (Blair) Hetrick and his sisters, Virginia R. Hetrick and Dawn B (Hetrick) Schwarting. He is survived by his wife Marti, children from his first marriage to Mary Pearson; Jenifer Clark, Monique Hetrick Riker, Charles Hetrick IV (Elizabeth) and Victoria Burkhart (John), and grandchildren Charlotte, Audrey and Nora Hetrick Riker, and Zelma, Charles V, and Benjamin Hetrick.
Memorials can be made to the Port Townsend Elks 317 designating the Children Therapy Program and Boy Scouts, or to the Wounded Worrier Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Published by Peninsula Daily News on Sep. 26, 2021.