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Charles "Chuck" Fordyce

March 18, 1939 July 15, 2020
Charles "Chuck" Fordyce
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Obituary for Charles "Chuck" Fordyce

Charles Henry Fordyce, “Chuck”, long time resident of Highland passed away peacefully at home with his family July 15, 2020 at the age of 81.

A Celebration of Life Memorial is planned for Saturday, August 8th, 2pm-6pm at the F.O.E Eagles Hall in Highland, at Duck Lake Rd & Jackson Blvd. A private interment service will be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

Whether you knew him as Chuck, Charlie, Dad, Pops, Sir, Papa, Grandpa, Brother, Unc or Friend, he was a man who will be loved forever, and will never be forgotten. He impacted the lives of everyone who knew him, we all have a story to tell, a lesson learned, and it is through these stories that he will be remembered always.

He was born on March 18, 1939 in Brighton, Michigan to parents Leslie Hershal and Vida Sarah (Long) Fordyce, and grew up in Waterford off Highland Road with his siblings.

He joined the United States Air Force in 1956 at the age of 17, and was assigned to the 337th MATRON (Material Squadron) at Portland International Airport, where he served as an Apprentice Automotive Repairman, and played the drum in the Portland Air Base Drum & Bugle Corps. Rank: Airman 2nd Class. He served from 1956 to 1958, when he was honorably discharged after the loss of his infant son Charles Leslie.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Hershal Fordyce (1901-1962); mother, Vida Sarah (Long) Fordyce (1901-1987); brother Lorin Frederick “Bud” McNulty (1925-1977); nephew, Fred McNulty (1953-2015); niece, Sally McNulty (1950-1955); his infant son, Charles Leslie Fordyce (1958); daughter, Julie Snyder (1961-2011).

Chuck is survived by his 3 sons, Scott Fordyce, Harvey Fordyce, Brian Bostwick; 3 step-children, Vickie (Matt) Weber, Cherie Warren, Danny Hughes. He had 11 grandchildren. Scott’s children: Jeffrey, Heather & Stevie Lynn, Harvey’s girls: Lilly & Tessa, Vickie’s daughter: Samantha, Cherie’s son: Nathan, Julie’s children: Jennifer, Lynda, Anthony & Michael; 2 great-grandchildren by Julie’s daughter Jennifer. He will be greatly missed by his sister Mary Wellman, and his many nieces and nephews: Sue Lussenden, Sanya Darmer, Brad (Robyn) Wellman, Jeff Wellman, Rick (Sherry) Wellman, as well as his cousins and a number of great-nieces & nephews.

His passion for motorcycles and racing, led to decades as a professional motorcyclist. He was part of the Pontiac Comp team and also rode for Anderson Cycle during the 60’s. He became state champion his first year racing, which was unheard of at the time, and continued racing into the 70’s. Always the motorsports enthusiast, he was the co-founder of C & C Sports of Brighton with Cliff Ronning circa 1970. He was a lifetime member of the Brothers of the Hammer (B.O.T.H.) dirt bike motorcycle club since the early 70’s, “Brother Trucker.”

As a truck driver during the 60’s and 70’s, he was a member of the Teamsters local no. 614, Pontiac, MI. In the late 80’s he started Fordyce Services; trucking, construction & demo clean-up, landscape work, and account collections for Old Kent Bank as a repo-man.

In his retirement years, he was the ‘go-to guy’ at Tool Time in Highland, where you would find him with one of the other Charlie’s in his life, his buddy, “Charlie the Bulldog.”

He was a father, brother, friend and mentor to so many, and will be greatly missed by friends and family members alike; his longtime friends Jan & Lori, (Chuck, Jan & Lori, “The 3 Amigos”) and his best friends Charlie, Kyle & Jerry, just to name a few. A very special thank you to his caregiver & companion Karin, who took such great care of him the last few years, and who I know he considered to be a very good friend (and made the best scrambled eggs he ever had.) Some people were with him his whole life, and some for different seasons of it. He lived a long, very full life, and we all loved him.

A parting thought from Chuck… “Do you walk to school or do you take your lunch?”

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