Charles Earl Hamberg, 84, of Farmington, Iowa, passed away at 1:17 P.M. Saturday July 2, 2022 at the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House.
Born on September 22, 1937, in a log cabin near Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, the son of Harold “Whitey” and Mary (Chaplin) Hamberg. As a teenager he moved with his family to Iowa, where he graduated from Farmington High School in 1956. On June 7, 1959 he married his high school sweetheart Donna McIntosh at the Farmington United Methodist Church. They were blessed with two sons, Tom and Doug.
He is survived by his wife, of 63 years, two sons; Thomas (Jennifer) Hamberg of Greer, South Carolina and Douglas (Rosalind) Hamberg of Farmington, Iowa. Three grandchildren; Nathan, Emily, and Scarlett. Several Nieces and Nephews including Richard “Dick” (Sandy) Boushley of Colorado. He is also survived by step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, and cousins
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers; Glenn, Howard, Wayne, and Harley. Two sisters; Ida Boushley, and Lois Garett
Charles served his country with three years in the United States Army Security Agency. He was active in his community; he worked as city maintenance man for seven years, served on the city council for ten years, owned and operated the Farmington Food Mart and Whatknots, he was a member of Farmington Jaycees and Actioneers, Charles volunteered as a fireman and EMS for many years, he worked in the Farmington grocery stores and many other communities in southeast Iowa.
Charles was devoted to his family, as the boys grew up he was very supportive of their activities in school; scouting and recreational activities. He and Donna enjoyed square dancing, ballroom dancing, yard saleing, and visiting family. Together they visited all forty eight continental states. His personal interests included mushrooming, fishing, woodworking, reading, watching westerns, and solving word puzzles.
His body has been entrusted to the crematory of Schmitz Funeral Home for cremation.
A graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday July 7, 2022 at Greenglade Cemetery in Farmington, Iowa with Pastor Dawn Butler officiating.
A memorial has been established in his memory for Farmington EMT’s or Farmington Fire Department. Memorials may be mailed to Schmitz Funeral Home P.O. Box 56 in Donnellson.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com. Schmitz Funeral Home of Farmington is assisting the family with arrangements.