In Memory of Charles "Chuck" E. Gunderson, Sr.

Charles "Chuck" E. Gunderson, Sr.
Charles "Chuck" E. Gunderson, Sr.
Born: June 7, 1932
Died: July 6, 2017
Age: 85
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Charles "Chuck" E. Gunderson, Sr.
June 7, 1932 - July 6, 2017
From: Odebolt, IA

Charles “Chuck” E. Gunderson, Sr., age 85, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Odebolt Specialty Care, of Odebolt, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the United Methodist Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Pastor Ken Miller will officiate. Committal Services with Military Rites conducted by Roose Post No. 313 of the American Legion of Odebolt, Iowa will follow in the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the United Methodist Church of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Charles “Chuck” Gunderson, Sr., passed away on July 6, 2017, at the Odebolt Specialty Care.

Chuck, the son of Vernon E. and LuVerna S. (Schroeder) Gunderson, was born at the family farm on June 7, 1932, in Odebolt, Iowa.

He graduated from Odebolt High School with the class of 1950. Chuck then joined the Army Reserves in Sac City. Chuck completed Army Aviation School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He worked as a helicopter mechanic at Camp Rucker, Alabama. Chuck earned the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal while earning the rank of Private 1.

On June 7, 1954, at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt, he was united in marriage to Elaine P. (Miller) Gunderson. Seven children were born to this union.

Following his service to his country, Chuck and Elaine returned to farm with his father. The farm has been in the family for over 140 years. He was a steward of the land and took pride in his crops being free of unwanted weeds long before the use of chemical application. His farm buildings were all well maintained. His strong work ethic and pride in the land was passed on to his children. Chuck had a quick wit, kind smile, and loved spending his time with family and friends.

Chuck was a member of the Odebolt United Methodist Church where he served on several boards. For over 25 years, he was the Odebolt Cemetery Board president. Elaine and Chuck thoroughly enjoyed their square dancing days. They also took many bus trips to see the United States and even Europe. For many years, they spent winters in Texas, Arizona and later near their son David’s home in Leesburg, Florida. No matter where Chuck went, he was always happy to return home to the farm, or “God’s Country” as he called it.

Chuck is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Elaine Gunderson of Odebolt; children Steven (Kristeen) Gunderson of Odebolt, IA, David (Denise) Gunderson of Leesburg, FL, Lori (Kurt) Otto of Friendswood, TX, Charles, Jr. (Kathleen) Gunderson of Odebolt, IA, Thomas Gunderson of Fishers, IN and Robert Gunderson (special friend, Durinda Aspleaf) of Akron, IA.

Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren Kurt Gunderson, Kara (Tyler) Hogue, Grant Gunderson, Blake Gunderson, Sara (David) Bucksten, Eric (LeaAndrea) Otto, Chase Gunderson, Kellyanne Gunderson, Karleigh Gunderson, Allissa Gunderson, Reid Gunderson, Austin Gunderson and Dyllan Gunderson; five great-grandchildren Lincoln and Lillian Hogue, Madelyn, Naomi and Joseph Bucksten; brother Jack Gunderson of Chippewa Falls, WI; extended family and friends.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and LuVerna Gunderson; sister Nancy; and son Jeffrey, in infancy.


3:00 p.m., Tuesday
July 11, 2017
United Methodist Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Pastor Ken Miller


Kurt Gunderson  
Grant Gunderson   
Eric Otto
Chase Gunderson   
Blake Gunderson      
Reid Gunderson 
Austin Gunderson              
Dyllan Gunderson     
Tyler Hogue                       
David Bucksten

Honorary Pallbearers:
 Kara Hogue            
Sara Bucksten         
Kellyanne Gunderson
Karleigh Gunderson 
Allissa Gunderson   
LeaAndrea Otto



1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
United Methodist Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Congregational Hymns:
"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"

Music Selection
"When I Get Where I'm Going"
by Brad Paisley


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM
“I pray the love of God enfolds you and your family during this difficult time.”
- Crystl DeLaney
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM
“Elaine & family.
We are so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Chuck's quick smile & wit. He & Elaine's kindness to my mother was so. very much appreciated. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Special hugs to Lori.”
- Kristy Dewey & family
Monday, July 10, 2017 at 8:28 AM
“Keeping you (Lori Otto), and your family in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Mrs. Ura Flores
Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 3:29 PM
“Steve ur dad was a great person may u have many great memories of him & may he Rest In Peace ”
- Charlie "tuna" schnirring
Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 3:29 PM
“You've lost someone who touched the lives of many and who will be deeply missed.
My Love and Sympathy to Elaine and family,
Mary Jo Hauser
- Mary Jo Hauser
Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 3:29 PM
“As a first cousin of Chuck (on the Schroeder side), I spent many a holiday, birthdays, anniversary, of my youth playing with he & his brother Jack., didn't see each other very much as we all "grew up" , he will be greatly missed. Jim & Tootie Umbarger”
- James Umbarger
Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 1:48 PM
“Sending my thoughts and prayers for your entire family.”
- Lisa Dillon
Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 1:48 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Dr G & Denise, know that you are loved and in our hearts!”
- Lisa and Russell Cheatham
Friday, July 7, 2017 at 3:14 PM
“The Odebolt community lost a special member this week. He left a legacy of kindness and interest in young people.”
- Jim and Marne Barker
Friday, July 7, 2017 at 3:13 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. A special hug to Elaine. She always brightened my day at The Boutique!”
- Pat & Ann Hoefling
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