Charles Joseph Bost

Leadville native Charles Joseph “Chuck” Bost passed away on July 13 at Glenwood Springs Healthcare Center following a short illness. Born in Leadville on Aug. 23, 1933, Bost attended St. Mary’s School and then Lake County High School.

After graduation in 1951, Bost went to work at Climax Mine and then joined the U.S. Navy in 1952, serving for four years aboard the USS Leonard F. Mason during the Korean War. As a sailor, he piloted the boat that took the men from the ship to the shore and vice versa. He also served as a gunner’s mate. Upon his return from the Navy, Bost resumed employment at the Climax Mine, working in the rock drill shop for over 30 years.

In his younger days, Bost enjoyed the game of softball where he was a catcher for local teams. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and climbing mountains — especially Mounts Elbert and Massive.

Bost was a devout Catholic and served as an usher at Annunciation Catholic Church for many years. He also held membership in the Knights of Columbus and the Elks Club.

Although the original family name of Bostjancic had been Americanized to Bost, he was always proud of his Slovenian heritage.

Bost is survived by his brother Rudy (Helen) Bost of La Crescenta, California; his sister Charlene Glavinick of Windsor; his nephew Michael (Christi) Bost of Richmond, Kentucky; his nieces Cindy Bost of Big Bear, California and Monica Glavinick of Leadville; his great-nephew Cody Bost of Richmond, Kentucky; and numerous cousins and dear friends.

A rosary and funeral Mass were held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on July 28, followed by a reception at the Elks Lodge.