Charles Agler

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Charles Agler, age 90, of Marathon, died March 16, 2012 at Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 20, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Marathon. Burial will be in the Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Wayne "Buck" Agler, the son of Leslie and Nina (Blomquist) Agler, was born Jan. 3, 1922 at home on a farm near Marathon. He attended school in Marathon, graduating in 1940. Charles attended Buena Vista College for two years, and then entered the Army Air Force with the 301st Troop Carrier Squadron. He served his country proudly overseas in England and France as a glider mechanic and co-pilot.

On Oct. 12, 1946, he married Ila Josephson in Storm Lake. They were the parents of two children, Larry and Diane. Charles spent his entire life in the Marathon area. He was a farmer and also worked at Mefferd Industries.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he served on the council. He coached Little League baseball, served on the election board for 18 years, enjoyed helping with the Marathon-to-Marathon, and did volunteer work whenever needed in the community. He enjoyed gardening and playing cards with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ila; son, Larry (Sandy) Agler of Oaktown, Ind.; daughter, Diane Rettig of Spencer; sister, Mildred (Don) Cox of Des Moines; four grandchildren: Shawn Rettig (Ronni Perkins), Chris (Jane) Rettig, Missy (Matt) Loyet, and Troy (Rebecca) Robertson; eleven great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Les Pautsch; sisters-in-law, Delores Christianson and Nola Josephson; numerous nieces and nephews and their families; and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ronald.