Charles “Chuck” E. Willcox, also known as “Ironhand”, of Ballard, CA passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the age of 85 in Solvang, CA. Born in Lancaster County, PA March 31, 1933, he is predeceased by his parents Joseph O. Willcox, Sr and Edna Arter, and his brother Joseph O. Willcox, Jr. Chuck is survived by his nephew, two nieces and many loving and life long friends.
Chuck's fearless spirit and appetite for adventure set him on a path of intrigue and artistry. Chuck joined the circus at the age of 15 training and caring for exotic animals. He moved through a professional wrestling career and was pointed in the direction of Hollywood to settle into a career as a stunt-double for many leading actors. Chuck's interest in Native American jewelry and art developed into a thriving business and stirred in him the desire to train as a gemologist and silversmith.
Native American spirituality, ceremonies and rituals were an integral and seamless part of Chuck's very being. He was an experienced horseman, death-defying stuntman, master silversmith and talented photographer to name a few. His kinship with the exotic and domestic feline ‘Tom and Keetche' brought him a lifetime of joy, love and companionship.
Chuck will be remembered fondly by all who love him.
A Celebration of Life for Charles “Chuck” E. Willcox will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 5:30p.m., hosted by the Elks Lodge located at 1095 Meadowvale Rd #F, Santa Ynez, CA. All are welcome to attend.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Charles E. Willcox to ‘The Gentle Barn' online or by mail:
The Gentle Barn Foundation
15825 Sierra Highway
Santa Clarita, CA 91390