Charles Mannie Lundquist, the son of Mannie and Carrie (Wycoff) Lundquist, was born May 17, 1931, near Brooks, Iowa. Charles entered eternal rest with his family at his side, on April 1, 2017, at Lenox Care Center, Lenox, Iowa, at the age of eighty-five years, ten months, and fifteen days.
Charles moved with his parents to a farm 3.5 miles East of Corning in March 1933. He attended school at Mercer #3 and attending Corning High School, graduating with the class of 1949. Following graduation Charles became actively engaged in farming and attended the winter quarters at Iowa State College for two years.
Charles served his country in the United States Army from May 1952 until his honorable discharge in May 1954. He was assigned basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas, and was later assigned there for artillery school. Following his discharge from the Army, Charles would return to farming in Adams County. He would spend his entire lifetime (over 60 years) as a proud farmer, first with his father Mannie, and then his son David. He would farm to the very end of his life, raising crops, cattle, and hogs.
Charles was united in marriage to Deva Mae Bycroft on August 2, 1964, at the Lenox Methodist Church. Their first home was at 1507 Nodaway St., Corning. In March 1965 they moved to their present farm home, five miles north of Lenox, Iowa, Grant Township, Adams County, where they continue to reside. Their only son David was born in 1966.
Charles had a passion for being involved and was very community minded. He was a member and very strong supporter of the Stringtown Community Church, where he served as a board member. He served ten years on the Adams County Extension Council and as an Adams County 4-H Leader. He was an Adams County Farm Bureau Member for over 50 years, serving on the Board for ten years. Charles also served on the Adams Mutual Insurance Board 33 years. Charles was a member of the Adams County Cattlemen’s Association and served on the Adams County Republican Committee. He also belonged to the Lenox American Legion Parkinson Post #250.
Charles enjoyed reading history and loved to write short stories. He loved gardening and sold produce at the Farmer’s Market for over 28 years. Family was central to his life and he was a proud grandfather and great-grandfather. “Papa Charles” always enjoyed the great-grandchildren’s visits and all the pictures they drew for him. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Left to cherish Charles’s memory are his loving wife of 52 years: Deva, of Lenox, Iowa; Son: David (Lynn) Lundquist, Lenox, Iowa; grandchildren: Kyle (Liz) Phillips, Neola, Iowa; Kelsia Linthicum, Corning, Iowa; five great-grandchildren: Adalynn, Leah, Noelle, Serena, Emmett Charles; sisters: Alice Boozan, Warrenton, Missouri, Doris West, Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law: Joan Mosby, Bedford, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding Charles in death are his parents: Mannie Carrie Lundquist; mother-in-law and father-in-law: Mabel and Leslie Bycroft; three brothers-in-law: James Boozan; Bill West; Andrew Mosby.