Charles B. Larson, 95, rural Goodell, died July 11, 2019 at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice-in Mason City after a short battle with cancer. Services were held July 15 at the Klemme United Methodist Church. Burial with military honors was in Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme.
Charles Bernard, the son of Elmer and Leila (Miller) Larson, was born May 31, 1924, in Webster City, one of 12 children. His childhood years were spent in the Webster City area. At age 16 he went to work in a factory in Webster City. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, beginning training in Farragut, ID on Feb. 23, 1943. Charles spent the next six years serving on Navy vessels, including the USS McCord, USS Repose, USS Antietam, and the majority of his time on the USS Windom Bay. Each ship brought different roles and ranks. One of his greatest adversities was Typhoon Cobra. Charlie was Honorably Discharged Feb. 10, 1949. His commendations included WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theatre Medal, American Theatre Medal, and China Service Medal.
Charles married Minnie Ubben on June 24, 1953 at the Presbyterian Church in Kamrar. The couple moved to the Klemme area in 1955 and began farming. They worked side by side for the next 44 years, working the land, raising livestock, and sharing a wonderful life on the farm. Their marriage was blessed with sons Ronald and Bernard. They relished their role as parents and strived to provide their boys with a loving and meaningful upbringing, teaching them hard work, respect for others, and other characteristics that they shall pass onto the next generation of family.
Charlie loved to garden and share his harvest with family and friends. He was an avid baker and would often share with others. The couple took trips to visit Bernard's family in Texas and go fishing in Minnesota. Charlie loved to spend time with his family, and enjoyed the roles of husband, dad and grandpa. The grandkids loved to visit the farm and go on tractor rides.
After a 44 years together, Minnie died on March 18, 1998. Charles continued to live on the farm for most of the remainder of his 95 years. He continued to share his baked goods, enjoyed playing games, and working jigsaw puzzles. Recently, he lived at Homestead Assisted Living in Mason City.
Those who knew Charlie will remember his twinkling eyes, wonderful smile, soft voice, and friendly demeanor. His family will cherish memories of him as a loving husband, father and grandpa, and a man who loved life on the farm.
He was preceded in death by his wife and ten siblings.
His memory will be carried forward by his sons Ron (Lori) Larson of Mason City and Bernard (Sheryl) Larson of Round Rock, TX; grandchildren Bryan Larson and Keri Larson of Mason City; Nathan (Laurie) Larson and their twin daughters Melanie and Alyssa of Victoria, TX; Travis Larson and special friend Rynita Forrer of Round Rock; and brother Dean (Shirley) Larson of Story City.