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Charles M. "Chuck" Hertzke

September 5, 2009


Burial: St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery ~ Lakota, Iowa

Charles Maurice Hertzke, youngest child of Paul F. and Mattie (Leigh) Hertzke, was born September 2, 1922 on the family farm in Lincoln Township northeast of Lakota. He attended country school through the 8th grade and then joined his father in farming.

Charles was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakota. He was confirmed there and married to Charlene Stevens on June 15, 1951. They were the first couple married in the new church.

Charles, better known to family and friends as Chuck, was a kind, gentle man who never wanted an argument. He enjoyed time with friends and family, traveling and a good joke. He also enjoyed bird watching, and other aspects of Nature, especially the changing seasons. He truly enjoyed farming, especially his milk cows and hogs and was known for raising good, healthy feeder pigs. He was a member of Farm Bureau, Friends of Exceptional Opportunities and served on the Buffalo Center Creamery board.

Charles M. "Chuck" Hertzke died Saturday, September 5, 2009 at Kossuth Regional Health Center, Algona at the age of 87.

He leaves to mourn his wife of 57 years, Charlene Hertzke of Algona; two sons, Steven and Mark Hertzke of Algona; a brother, Otto Hertzke and his wife Alfa of Lakota; a sister, Ruth Sheldahl and her husband Edward of Lakota; as well as many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Elsie; and two brothers, Maynard Hertzke and his wife Clara and Raymond Hertzke and his wife Pearl.


Charlene, Steven and Mark, We have so many good memories of times our families spent together. Charlie will be missed by all of those who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Gruhn Family
Sep 9, 2009 Sandy, Joyce, Dan & Joe Gruhn
Neighbors - Charlene, Steven & Mark. My thoughts go out to you today. I heard that Chuck had passed away and I was truely sorry to hear that. Chuck was such a good neighbor to us all those years and I have many fond memories of helping him out with shelling and beans. Your faith will get you thru this. Our prayers are with you. Randy-Melanie-Lauren-Kort
Sep 7, 2009 Randy Rippentrop & Family
Charlene, Steve & Mark, When Ruth called us and said she had some sad news, never guessed that it was about Chuck. We were sorry to hear that.
Our condolences to you. Glad that we were able to see all of you in June. Take care and we will be keeping you in prayer.
Bud & Shirley
Sep 7, 2009 Bud & Shirley Sheldahl

You are in my thoughts and prayers durign this time of loss. My deepest sympathy
Sep 7, 2009 Kerry Kahler
Charlene, Steve, and Mark,
I was so sorry to hear of Chuck's death. I have thought of your family often. Your faith and your strength will pull you through another very difficult time.
Our thoughts are with you,
Mark and Kim Ostermann
Sep 6, 2009 Mark and Kim Ostermann
Mark & Steve, you have my deepest sympathy at
this difficult time. You dad and mom were such
wonderful people. And anything to do with
Exceptional Opportunities he was right there willing to help. God Bless you all at this
time!!! Always in my thoughts, Lisa Kunkel
Sep 6, 2009 Lisa Kunkel
Dear Friends,
Sorry to hear of Charlie's death. Rest in peace knowing he is with our Savior. Treasure the memories as they are a gift from God.
Love and Prayers,
Bob and Verdene
Sep 5, 2009 Bob and Verdene Anderson


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