Smuck, Charles Jr.

HUBBARD -

Charles Smuck Jr., 98, of Hubbard, formerly of Buckeye, passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at the Heritage Care Center in Iowa Falls. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Linn’s Funeral Home Chapel, 1521 Washington Ave., Iowa Falls, with visitation from 10-11 a.m. prior to services. Burial will be at Sheppard Cemetery in Union.
Charles Smuck Jr. was born Nov. 22, 1922, on the family farm near Buckeye, Iowa. He was the son of Charles Sr. and Anna (Tintjer) Smuck. Charles grew up in the Buckeye township of Hardin County and attended rural Buckeye schools #3 and #4. He helped his father farm, and at an early age helped neighbors during harvest season. On Feb. 20, 1943, Charles was united in holy marriage with Barbara Madole of Buckeye by the Rev. W.C. Fluscher at Webster City, Iowa. God blessed this marriage with a son, Jim. In 1943 Charles took a job as a farmhand and they moved to a home near Garden City. Chuck knew the meaning of hard work, and enjoyed many happy times with family and friends with a fishing pole in his hands. In January 1945, he was called to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in Texas and in the far east theater and participated in the Liberation of the Philippines. He was discharged from the Army on Oct. 27, 1946. Charles never disclosed any part of the war in which he had served.
Upon returning home, he again worked for a farmer, Wayne Schwartz, in Buckeye Township. Charles retired in 1987. He and Barbara purchased a home and moved to Hubbard. There he enjoyed his yard work and garden.
Most of all he loved the holiday gatherings with family and playing cards with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The joy when he could see and show his great-great- grandchildren to others. Charles was a lifetime member of the VFW of Buckeye Post 1886.
Charles Jr. is survived by a son, Jim (Janice) Smuck of Buckeye; three grandchildren, Christy (Brent) Hodnefield, Kim DeVries and Bradley (Jacqueline) Smuck; seven great-grandchildren, Arial, Jamie, Brice, Dakota, Sierra, Austin and Clara; and two great-great-grandchildren, Oliver and Allison.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Marie (Madole) Smuck; his parents, Charles Sr. and Anna Smuck; one sister, Marjorie Clark; three brothers, William, Everett and Robert; two half-brothers, Darrell and Murl Smuck; and one grandson-in-law, Rodney DeVries. 
Memorial gifts will be directed to the Buckeye VFW.