Chuck's Website

November 23, 2005



Charles ‘Chuck’ Raymond Zitur - Galoot                      

Biography posted by Chuck to OldTools Mailing List

March 1, 1996


I got my computer a year ago and have been looking for an old tool group since. I found the Electronic Neanderthal, Jon Zimmer, Falcon-wood and the blood and guts of Mr. Leach but knew there was a place like this out innet land.  The charter suggests that new subscribers give a brief bio--so here goes. 

I am Chuck Zitur from Billings, Montana.  I sell wholesale building maintenance supplies for a living.  I am a collector of older and antique tools.  I began collecting planes and still like and pursue them but my current interest is in boring devices such as drills, braces, augers, screwdrivers, bits and hollow handled tool holders.  My most recent find is an Ohio plow plane in rosewood. It is a number 104. It is in excellent shape if it were not for the wedge which the owner must have regularly tapped into place with a sledgehammer. Oh well!!!  It matches my ivory tipped E Baldwin plow that only has 1 1/2 arms. If you turn it just right on the shelf.......

I am delighted to belong to this group and look forward to receiving the benefit of your collective knowledge and hope that I will be able to contribute in turn.

November 10, 2005

Charles ‘Chuck’ Raymond Zitur

Charles (Chuck) Raymond Zitur, age 53, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at, St. Vincent Healthcare on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Chuck was born in St. Cloud, Minn., on March 18, 1952. He moved with his family to Billings in 1960. He attended St. Pius Elementary School and graduated from Central Catholic High. He was employed by K-B Commercial Products for over 31 years.

Chuck married Sheryl Kostelecky on Aug. 12, 1978. They have three children, Beth (Ryan) Willett, Jeff and Joe; and two granddaughters, Ryanna and Jazmine Ray, all of Billings. He is also survived by his parents, Jerry and Eilene Zitur; sister Pat (Paul) Burch; and brother Ron, all of Billings; and brother Dale (Terrie) of Anaconda. Also, his in-laws, Ted and Eleanor Kostelecky, Ron and Diane Kostelecky of Billings, and Dale and Nadine Stahl of Park City; and many nieces and nephews. Chuck was preceded in death by his younger sister, Peggy.

Chuck’s passions were shared between his love for his family, computers and the Internet, gardening, music and playing his guitar. His favorite was the collecting, researching, buying and selling of antique woodworking tools. Chuck will always be remembered for his genuine kindness, strong spirit and sense of humor, which he kept right to the end.

His family wishes to extend a sincere note of thanks and appreciation to Dr. Christianson and “the gang” at Billings Oncology Associates, as well as Dr. McMeekin and the wonderful staff at St. Vincent Healthcare who cared for him in his final days. You are all very special people.

Cremation has taken place. Vigil services will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at St. Bernard’s Church. The Memorial Mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the church.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.


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