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Zahren, Charles Edward 1929-1998


Posted By: Janet M Schuldt (email)
Date: 11/24/2017 at 17:34:33

Sutherland Courier Sutherland, O’Brien, Iowa Thursday, October 8th, 1998 Page 10

Charles E. Zahren

Funeral services for Charles E. Zahren were held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 5, 1998 at United Methodist Church in Sutherland. The Rev. Dean McPherson officiated. Burial was in Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland. Casket bearers were Shawn Puhrmann, Russ Hitchcock, Dean Smith, Shannon Puhrmann, Gene Kudera and David Baack.

Mr. Zahren passed away Friday, October 2, 1998 in Sutherland. Arrangements were under the care of the Gaudian-Eldridge Funeral Home.

Charles Edward Zahren was born to Edward and Alva Mae Vandemark Zahren on July 22, 1929 in Westport Township, Dickinson County, Iowa. He lived his entire life in Sutherland. He attended Sutherland Community School and graduated in 1947. In 1950 he married Darlene Braunschweig. They owned and operated the Standard Service Station for 20 years. In 1973 Chuck was employed at the Cherokee Mental Institute as a psychiatric aide. He retired from the hospital in 1993. Chuck was active in the Sutherland Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years and was a relief policeman in Sutherland for many years. He was co-owner of the Sutherland Gun Club and enjoyed hunting, camping, cooking, metal detecting, and exploring on the computer.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Abiff Masonic Lodge No. 347, Research Lodge No. 2, Scottish Rite, York Rite, and the Abu Bekr Shrine Temple. He was proud to have been appointed as Potentate Aide. As a member of the Shrine Funsters, Chuck was better known to many as "Chuckles the Clown." Chuck volunteered as a van driver for the Shrine Children's Hospitals. He enjoyed transporting the children and their families to and from the various hospitals

Chuck married Frances Draper on November 18, 1982. Together they enjoyed the Shrine and Lodge activities, as well as being campground host and hostess for the Yankton, South Dakota State Park.

Chuck is survived by his wife Francis, of Sutherland; his son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Judy Zahren of Baltimore, Maryland; his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Miles Puhrmann of Paullina; his grandsons, Shawn Puhrmann of Paullina and Shannon Puhrmann of Vermillion, South Dakota; a daughter, Tammy Zahren-Lowery of Kansas City, Missouri; and a grandson, Bennett Lowery, of Kansas City. Also left to cherish his memory are five stepchildren and their families: Robert and Mary Draper and children, Devin and Destiny Draper of Sutherland; Geraldine and Nick Bristow of Sherrard, Illinois, and children, Nick of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Karla of Champaign, Illinois; Dale Draper of Cherokee, and children, Joshua and Benjamin of Conway, Arkansas; Gloria and Jim Silverling of Prospect, Ohio, and children, Bobby of Marion, Ohio and Jody of Prospect, Ohio; Donald and Sally Draper and children, Heather and Meagan of Grand forks, North Dakota. Left to cherish his memory are a host of other relatives and friends.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents


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