Charles I. Deering

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 2:14 pm

Charles I. Deering, 80, of Postville, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society in Postville. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville, and an hour before services at the church Friday. Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at St. Paul Lutheran Church Postville. The Rev. Lynn J. Noel will be the officiant. Inunrment is at a later date. Memorials may be given in Charles’ memory to these Postville entities: Postville Area Ambulance, Postville Fire Department, Postville Good Samaritan Center, Postville Dollars for Scholars, Postville Library or St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, is helping the family with arrangements.

He was born May 16, 1936, to Irving Charles and Leeone (Zieman) Deering on the home farm in rural Postville, where he resided for 65 years. Charles was baptized July 19, 1936, by Rev. R.B. Garten and confirmed April 2, 1950, by Rev. Frederick R. Ludwig.
Charles graduated from Postville High School in 1954, attended Iowa State University and then returned to the family farm. He was united in marriage to Carol Meyer June 16, 1957, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, by Rev. Charles E. Witt. To this union six children were born.
Charles was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Postville. Sports and music were a big part of Charles’ life. In high school he was active in football, basketball, baseball, track, FFA and vocal music. Achieving the Iowa Farmer Degree and having the honor of singing in the National FFA Choir were as much a highlight as being point guard on the first Postville basketball team to make it to the sub-state basketball tournament. After high school, he was an avid fan of the Postville Pirates, Iowa State Cyclones and the activities of his children and grandchildren. He loved being a fan and spectator as much as he had loved participating.
Charles and his brother, Robert, established Prairie Agri. Entp., Inc. in 1973. He maintained his love of farming and community by serving on the St. Paul Lutheran Church Council and numerous boards, including Citizens State Bank, Fayette County Fair, Prairie Feeder Pig and many others.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, of 59 years; one son, Charles (Kimberly) of Postville; three daughters: Lori Deering of Postville, Stacy (Phillip) Tharp of Clive, Lisa (Shannon) Schultz of Teutopolis, Ill.; 12 grandchildren: Kelsie (Heath Dee) Deering, Morgan Deering, Whitney Deering, Tanner Deering, Lindsey (Nate Sherwood) Podzimek, Leah Podzimek, Elise Tharp, Chloe Tharp, Chase Schultz, Marshall Schultz, Zachary Schultz, and Rourke Schultz; one brother, Robert (Sandra) Deering of Postville; two sisters, Ann (Richard) Schupbach of Brooklyn Center, Minn. and Jane (Roger) Kolarich of Decorah.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Craig Deering and Michael Deering.

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