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Charles R. Hoveland

December 20, 1946 - February 16, 2022

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: February 23, 2022

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

Church Lutheran Church of Hope

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Charles ‘Chuck’ Russell Hoveland passed away February 16, 2022. A visitation will be held 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at Lutheran Church of Hope (520 NW 36th St, Ankeny, IA) with burial to follow at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. To view the funeral service for Chuck, please follow this link https://youtu.be/QsoARwpZfeo

Charles R. Hoveland was born on December 20, 1946 to Russell and Mary Ann Hoveland of Gilmore City.  He graduated from Gilmore City High in 1965, and enlisted with the US Marine Corps.  He served as a Corporal in Vietnam and suffered a serious leg injury from mortar round shrapnel in April 1967.  After a long recovery, Chuck returned to serve stateside. He lived in Des Moines for a number of years, and then moved back to the Gilmore City area.

On February 13, 1982, Chuck married Shirley Bunting at the Lutheran Church in Gilmore City, Iowa.  They lived in Algona, and were blessed with two children, Scott and Heather.  The family later moved to Des Moines.

Through the years, Chuck endured several medical issues but loved life and fought hard to be well.  He was extremely grateful for AA and Celebrate Recovery which connected him with God on a personal level. His recovery was his lifeline, and he credits that recovery and Lutheran Church of Hope as opening his heart to all God was offering to him.

Chuck’s career path took him to various jobs including working as an orderly in Lutheran Hospital, truck driving, heavy equipment operator, and machine operator in manufacturing.  Chuck retired from Barton Solvents of Des Moines in 2010, and wished he had started with them when he was young.  He loved his co-workers and appreciated the respect Barton’s management showed their employees. Chuck took pride in his part-time work after retirement, including being a bus driver for Farm Bureau Board members, and later working at Hope Lutheran in Ankeny in the Cupboard.

Chuck adored his German Shepherd dog, Bailey, as well as the beagles the family had over the years…. Riley, Allie, Toby, and Missy.  His love for these canine companions ran deep. Chuck enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and was a member of the local HOG Chapter.  He also rode with Hope’s Angels.

Chuck was a friend to everyone.  He was outgoing, talkative, and passionate about his interests.  His early interest in cooking became deeper in his later years, and Chuck created amazing meals and foods, using his many grills, cookers, crockpots, and other cooking devices.  Chuck learned to play bass guitar after retirement and was passionate about playing contemporary Christian music for Hope services and Celebrate Recovery. He was a CR leader and loved being a part of the recovery ministry for several men, who came to be his brothers in Christ. He was a man of God and was involved in Bible studies and Christian fellowship programs.  Chuck loved Hope and was proud to be the Volunteer Coordinator for The Cupboard.  He enjoyed serving on the production team and felt honored to work with people who have a heart for our Savior. He was devoted to Shirley, to his family, to his church, and above all to his God.

Chuck was diagnosed with COVID on December 30, 2021. After several weeks of fighting hard against various medical complications, he made the decision to move on. On February 16, 2022, he joyfully entered the gates of heaven. It was a spirit-filled, emotional day of prayer and praise!

Chuck is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Scott of Des Moines; daughter, Heather (Jordan) Palmer of Waukee; four grandchildren, Josiah and Charleston Parrino, Colton Palmer of Waukee, and Natalie Koester-Hoveland of Ankeny; sister, Ann (Dennis) George of Muskogee, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews in Iowa and Oklahoma.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Mary Ann Hoveland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Celebrate Recovery group at Lutheran Church of Hope, Ankeny Campus to help purchase chips for individuals who celebrate milestones of their recovery.

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