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Charles A Sandberg Obituary

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Charles A Sandberg

Lakewood, CO

June 12, 1929 - January 24, 2024

Charles A Sandberg Obituary

Charles Albert Sandberg, age 94, of Lakewood, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home early on the morning of January 24, 2024.

Charles was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 12, 1929. He grew up in the Boston area, graduating from Boston Latin School at the age of 15. Charles then attended Harvard University, graduating cum laude in 1949 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology. He joined the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 1950 and moved to Billings, Montana where he worked until being drafted into the Army.

Charles served as a 1st Lieutenant with the U.S. Army Combat Engineers, 2nd Infantry Division, in Korea from 1952-1954. After returning from Korea, Charles eventually began working for the USGS again in Billings, Montana. Here he met Dorothy Ann Taylor, also a geologist, whom he married on September 22, 1956.

Charles and Dorothy moved from Billings to Lakewood, Colorado in 1957 where they both worked for the USGS. Dorothy passed away in 2010 and Charles passed away in the same home that they had purchased in 1958.

Charles spent his entire career with the USGS as a research geologist, specializing in micropaleontology and biostratigraphy of conodonts (microscopic teeth of an extinct eel-like fish). His career with the USGS spanned over 50 years, including time as a geologist emeritus after retirement at age 65. He authored/co-authored numerous professional publications that will be of enormous value to future generations of geologists.

His interests and hobbies included travel, military history, biblical archeology, gardening (devising innovative ways to keep rabbits out of his flower beds!), bird watching, stamp collecting, photography, friends and family.

Charles is survived by three children: Susan A Wajda (Peter), Janet L Sandberg (Mark Daniels) and William A Sandberg (Jamie); six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to a charity of your choice.

A Special Thank You

Thank you to all who can share Dad’s special day, February 23, at Fort Logan with us. Thank you, neighbors, friends, geology professionals, and caregivers. And especially thanks to you, Reta, for creating true joy and for being part of Dad’s life since 2011. Dad lived a long and happy life. He knew the value of living each day to the fullest. Dad was the son of Russian Jewish emigre parents who came to the U.S. at the turn of the last century. Think “Fiddler on the Roof”! Here in America, Dad’s family worked hard, and Dad went on to graduate from Harvard at the age of 19. Dad served his country bravely with the Combat Engineers, leading a platoon as a newly commissioned Lieutenant, 2d Infantry Division, the division “Second to None,” in the Korean War. We are proud of him. I followed in his footsteps and made the U.S. Army a career. Dad and Mom were both geologists, and geology brought them to Colorado in 1957. In May 1958, they bought a new house near the Federal Center in Lakewood and lived there for the rest of their lives. Sadly, Mom, Dorothy Ann, passed in June 2010, but Mom and Dad were lucky to share over 50 years together. Dad spent his entire career with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), retiring in 1994, but continuing work as a geologist emeritus. That was his favorite email! I’m sure Dad told you about conodonts! Dad’s headstone depicts a flaming chalice, the symbol of Unitarian Universalism. Dad was Jewish, but he found a faith home at the Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC) in 1960, and our family all went to Sunday services there, first in downtown Golden and later in Applewood. My husband Peter and I were married at JUC on December 27, 1982 (never mind the two feet of snow delivered by the Christmas Eve Blizzard!). Dad had several close friends at JUC, Carl and Stacie Stock among them. We always dreamed that Dad would live to be 100. Not quite. But he did know the secret of finding happiness in simple things and being thankful for each and every day. He was kind and loved us all. We miss him so much!


Susan A.Wajda Genesee, Colorado

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