Chuck Petrusch, 71, of Marietta, Georgia died peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020. Chuck was born in Pittsburgh, PA, the oldest of four kids, and went on to live a full life. He had a one-of-kind personality appreciated by those who knew him best. If you could sneak a couple of drinks in him or catch him in the right mood, he would regale you with childhood stories of his athletic prowess including how he "went yard" on the baseball field, deer hunting, and motorcycle riding. He was awarded a football scholarship to the United States Naval Academy where he graduated in1972. He then joined the United States Marines Corp. His anecdotes from his time in the military were rich and fascinating, including world travel, time spent on a submarine, becoming a helicopter pilot, and endless encounters with a wide array of people.
After his discharge from the service, he went to work for Ford Motor Corporation, the beginning of a long and successful career in the automotive industry, that also included time spent at Volkswagen, and finally, Nissan North America. He led teams, started initiatives and loved to joke around. He took tremendous pride in his work and valued a strong work ethic above almost anything else.
In his retirement he couldn't sit still so he started ushering for the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. He then moved to SunTrust Stadium as a supervisor. He also worked as an usher at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. Never one to suffer fools, he made sure no one was sneaking into the good seats and never missed an opportunity to root for the home team.
He loved a good Rueben sandwich, Varsity chili dog, or Lou Malnati's pizza. He was an avid Carnival Cruiser and was no stranger to the 24-hour ice cream station. He was infamous for his long 10mile walks around the neighborhood and always kept a beautiful yard and garden.
Always a character, he will be deeply missed by his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife.
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