Charles “Chuck” Everett McLennan, 82, of Oelwein passed away on Sunday October 5, 2014 at Country View Care Center in rural Waterloo, surrounded by his family. Memorial services will be at 11 AM on Thursday October 16, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Oelwein with Pastor Tim Schoepf officiating. The Geilenfeld Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Charles was born on April 10, 1932 in Charles City to Ovie K. and Caroline (Schrage) McLennan. He spent his early years in Waterloo and the family moved to a farm northeast of Jerico. He worked by the month for several farmers near Fredericksburg. When he was old enough, he worked at Rath's in Waterloo.
On May 6, 1952 he married Laverne Jacobson at St.Olaf’s Lutheran Church in New Hampton. To this union two children were born, David Charles in 1955 and Laurie Anne in 1957.
On their first wedding Anniversary, Charles left for the service and served our country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. After coming home, they moved to Minnesota. He worked for the Coast to Coast Hardware sign shop in Minneapolis, and lived near Mound.
Chuck and Vernie wanted to farm again so they bought a farm in Jordan, MN. In 1969 they moved back to Iowa to farm southeast of Jerico. In 1979 they moved to Texas and stayed for 30 years, first to build a dairy at Mt.Vernon and later to build a horse-training facility in Emory, TX. Chuck was happiest when raising and running his Thoroughbreds. He and Vernie were blessed to have won quite a few races in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. But when they moved back to Iowa, it was the best to be near family and make up for all the times they had missed.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 62 ½ years, Vernie; his son David of Coulter, IA and daughter Laurie (Alan) Behrends of Oelwein; his grandchildren: Brad Behrends, Matt Behrends, Kristi (Nate) See, Lindsey McLennan, Charlene Behrends, and Alex (Autumn) Behrends; great-grandchildren: Lucas, Alexis, Rylie, Noah, Emma, Jackson, McKinzie, Cohen, Cambridge and Emri; and his brothers: Don and Paul.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert.