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Charles R. Edmondson

July 2, 1939 - October 24, 2022

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: October 29, 2022

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

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Charles “Chuck” Edmondson, 83, of Ankeny, passed away on October 24, 2022.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022 at Ankeny Presbyterian Church (317 SE Trilein Dr). A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2022, also at the church. Burial will immediately follow the service at Ankeny Memorial Gardens.

Chuck was born in Lusk, Wyoming, on July 2, 1939, to Glen and Isabel Edmondson. He spent most of his childhood in Deadwood, South Dakota. Following high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served in Vietnam at the start of the War. Upon completion of his service, he returned to civilian life and worked hard at many jobs. He was very proud that he often had a number of W2 forms to report at tax time. He moved to Des Moines at the request of his friend and met the love of his life, Arlene Campbell, soon after settling there. He enjoyed telling the story that they met while searching for lost silverware in the trash outside their apartment complex. Always the practical man, he said they were married three months later because it gave them $5 more on his paycheck. Two years after their union, they started their family and were blessed with two children, Robyn and Brad.

Chuck attended trade school, former Iowa Technical Community College (now Indian Hills CC) and graduated with a degree in computer programing. He worked for several businesses during the early computer era. After a successful foray in Real Estate Sales, which ended with the recession in the early 1980’s, he finished his career as a programmer for the State of Iowa.

Of all his accomplishments in life, Chuck was most proud of his family. He was always on the sidelines or in the audience of all his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. While he loved his children unconditionally, his greatest love, pride and happiness was found in his grandchildren. He treasured all the family vacations, holidays, and breakfast-lunch dates with the grandkids. Chuck was a proud member of Ankeny Presbyterian Church for 52 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; his parents; and his mother and father in-law. Chuck’s legacy lives on in daughter and son-in-law, Robyn and Wayne Biehl; his son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Cathy Edmondson; his grandchildren who were the love of his life, Kale, Fuller and Acacia Biehl and Noah, Zach and Ben Edmondson; sister, Sherry (Bill) Janssen of The Villages, Fl; and sisters-in-law, Marjorie (Bill) Hopkins of Carrollton, IL, and Claudia (Jerry) Beckwith of Rock Island, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ankeny Presbyterian Church.

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