Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at Faith Community Church in Ida Grove, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes. The Reverend Paul Smalley will officiate, with burial to follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by McNamara-Moore Post No. 364 of the American Legion. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of services. Online condolences may be directed to www.christensenhuffman.com.
Born Sept. 9, 1919, in Ida Grove, Charles R. Christie was the son of Charles and Bess (Ross) Christie. He grew up and received his education in Ida Grove, graduating from Ida Grove High School. Charlie then served in the United States Army during World War II where he was stationed in England and Germany.
Following his tour of duty, Charles returned to Iowa where he worked several years for a creamery. He then accepted employment as custodian at the Ida Grove Elementary School, and later served as custodian at the Ida County Courthouse.
On May 19, 1954, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth "Betty" Neumann in Ida Grove. The couple made their home in Ida Grove. Betty passed away in 1984.
Charlie married Doris (Hansen) Nixon on June 26, 1986, at the Church of God in Ida Grove and thus expanded his family by five children and their families. He welcomed all of them as his own and cherished the family gatherings, both big and small, that followed.
Charlie loved to visit and never met a stranger. He enjoyed his extensive car collection, NASCAR, and traveling. In earlier years, he played horseshoes and also participated in his father's band, Charlie's Nighthawks, by singing and playing the guitar and banjo. He will be remembered as a giving person who had a big heart for children.
Survivors include five children, Carole (Terry) Hartley of Milan, Ill., Charlotte Sundberg of Alta, Sharon (Dale) McClain of Geneseo, Ill., Rollie Nixon of Alta, and Jerry (Mary) Nixon of Iowa City; 14 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Robert (Marge) Christie of Elkhorn, NE; five nieces and nephews; as well as other extended family members and a host of friends.
In addition to his first wife, Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his second wife Doris in 2007; a sister, Mary L. Christie; and a son-in-law, Ronald Sundberg.