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Julius C. "Jerry" Sharitz, 76, of Lancaster California, passed away on June 28th, 2021.
Mr. Sharitz was a 50 year resident of the Antelope Valley.
      Julius Sharitz was born on October 24th, 1944 in Huntington, West Virginia to Boyd C. Sharitz Jr. and Violet M. (Saunders) Sharitz. Julius spent his early life in Huntington, West Virginia as well as spending much of his childhood living on his maternal grandparents large rural property in Big Creek, West Virginia. Julius loved exploring the outdoors, gardening, animals, rusty antiques and rural culture. He was also equally comfortable in art and history museums. Julius was gifted with a love for real critical thinking, debating various topics and enjoyed scientific discussions. 
      In the early 1960's when Julius was a teenager, his mother moved the family to San Francisco, California, for a nursing job and to be closer to her favorite sister. It was there that Julius graduated from George Washington High School in 1963, and met his high school sweetheart and mother of his three children.
     After graduating from high school, Julius enlisted in the United States Air force, starting his new family in Arkansas during his time in the military. Afterwards, he moved his young family back to California to accept a job in the growing Aerospace industry, starting in San Jose and then eventually moving to Lancaster in 1970, to work for Lockheed in the Antelope Valley. His plans for his family were to not stay in the dry, hot, windy, unfamiliar desert very long, but life and responsibility took over and that "year or two at most", turned into 50 years. Though he grew to like the southwestern desert and its unique traits, his heart always longed for the green mountains and forests of his childhood. He loved visiting his children in their newly adopted states and especially loved visiting his son in Georgia, exploring small towns and antiquing. He would spend two months a year in Georgia, wanting to go antiquing every single day, much to the delight (and horror) of his antique dealer son. His last entire month was spent exploring the South and relaxing at the beach in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He was truly enjoying his retirement to its fullest, when he was taken too soon.
      During his professional career, he worked at Lockheed-Martin, Rockwell-Boeing and most recently Northrup-Grumman, holding management level positions and working on high profile aerospace programs.
      Julius received an Associates Degree from Antelope Valley Community College and a Bachelors Degree in Business from the University of Laverne.
      In retirement, Julius kept extremely busy with his varied hobbies and travel. He recently went on a European vacation of Italy, Greece, France, Croatia and Spain. He loved collecting antiques and once said that it wasn't so much the object he liked, but the "hunt" and the journey finding it. He was an explorer and always curious of the world around him. 
     Julius was predeceased by his parents, brother Baron Sharitz, half-brother Bennie White and his beloved grandson Jordain.
     Julius Sharitz is survived by his daughter Cassandra of Bozeman, Montana. Son Jereld Sharitz Jr. (Son-in-Law Douglas Luz) of Woodstock, Georgia. Son Scott of Round Rock, Texas. Grandchildren Taytum, Hannah, Drew, London and Sarrah, as well as six great-grandchildren.
    Julius had many friends and distant relatives throughout the country and was always available when anyone needed his help or advice. He will be known for being generous in nature and thoughtful in spirit.
    Julius died from injuries he sustained in an otherwise minor car accident three days prior. Julius had been battling cancer for more than a year, which had left him fragile and weakened... though his personal strength and belief in God caused him to never lose hope. 
    There will be a private interment of his ashes at the Sharitz family plot in the Woodmere Cemetery, Huntington, West Virginia at a later date. Julius requested that no flowers or services be given. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that you please make a donation to your favorite Veterans Charity.
John 3:16
Posted by Juan S. on August 9, 2021
Jerry my friend, I will forever miss you. I was not aware of your passing until recently. You and I spent countless hours playing chess at work and we also developed a good friendship along the way. I am sorry I lost touch with you my friend. I will forever remember your sense of humor, wisdom from your advice and your hard-working personality. Life is too short, I'm sure I will see you soon. Rest in Peace brother.
Posted by Jerry Sharitz on July 30, 2021
Dad, Thank you for all the things you taught me...mostly you taught us what hard work is. (You told me it is not HARD work that's important... but dedicated work and smart work that matter) You will always be in my heart. I will miss our adventures. You were taken too soon. Thank you for expanding your mind and beliefs for me when I needed it most. I feel that was the greatest of gifts.
Love, your grateful son Jerry Jr.

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Posted by Juan S. on August 9, 2021
Jerry my friend, I will forever miss you. I was not aware of your passing until recently. You and I spent countless hours playing chess at work and we also developed a good friendship along the way. I am sorry I lost touch with you my friend. I will forever remember your sense of humor, wisdom from your advice and your hard-working personality. Life is too short, I'm sure I will see you soon. Rest in Peace brother.
Posted by Jerry Sharitz on July 30, 2021
Dad, Thank you for all the things you taught me...mostly you taught us what hard work is. (You told me it is not HARD work that's important... but dedicated work and smart work that matter) You will always be in my heart. I will miss our adventures. You were taken too soon. Thank you for expanding your mind and beliefs for me when I needed it most. I feel that was the greatest of gifts.
Love, your grateful son Jerry Jr.

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