Charles Joseph Wipfli (Charlie) died peacefully on the May 15, 2019, with his daughter Sandra by his side. He was born June 6, 1928 in Sacramento to Swiss immigrants Carl and Bertha (Schmidt) Wipfli and grew up on his parents’ dairy in Galt.
Charlie was active in his youth, participating in Boy Scouts, band and sports, yet still finding time to work at the family ranch. In his spare time, he was a drummer in a country western band, which played at many dances throughout the Central Valley.
After graduating from Galt High School in 1946, Charlie joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War, participating in the Battle of Inchon. In 2016, he took one more tour, with honor, when Honor Flight flew him to Washington, D.C. to visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
Summers were filled with great adventures, taking his family on camping, hiking and fishing trips to the beautiful Sierras and the Northern California coast. And, it just wouldn’t be summer at the Wipfli home without trips to “the Stick” to watch his beloved Giants win another one.
He will forever be lovingly remembered and missed by his children, Sandra, Michael (Tiffany) and Timothy; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who often referred to him as the fun uncle,
Preceding Charlie in death were his parents, his sister Agnes, and his wife of 64 years Julia.
Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass on Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m., at St Christopher’s Catholic Church in Galt. Burial will follow at the Galt Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Sacramento Swiss Club (3349 J St, Sacramento, CA 95815) or to Central Valley Honor Flight (5260 N. Palm Ave #122, Fresno, CA 93704).