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 Charles “Chuck” Klima

Charles “Chuck” Klima

Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA
Death 5 May 2013 (aged 91)
Guttenberg, Clayton County, Iowa, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 110175853 · View Source
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Son of Charles Sr. & Leota Klima

Veteran of World War 2

Memorial Service Thursday 2:00 P.M. May 09, 2013 at the Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home Guttenberg Iowa with Military Rites following the service at the Veterans Memorial in the City Park.

Visitation: Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. May 09, 2013 at the Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home Guttenberg, Iowa.

Charles "Chuck" Klima of Guttenberg died on May 5th in his home in the company of his daughter, Kris, and his dog, Calpie, to join his departed wife Joan on their 68th wedding anniversary. He was 91 years old.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, a friend to many, a retired business owner and a decorated U.S. Marine who fought in WWII.

Chuck was born on May 19th, 1921, in Cedar Rapids to Charles, Sr. and Leota Klima. He graduated from Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids where he ran track.

The day after Pearl Harbor, Chuck was the first in Cedar Rapids to enlist in the Marine Corps. He served 35 months in the South Pacific as a member of the Forgotten Battalion, helping to secure the islands on the way to Japan including Iwo Jima. He loved the Corps and proudly retired as Captain.

He returned from the war to marry his sweetheart, Joan Wheeler, on May 5th, 1945. In Cedar Rapids they had two children, Chuck and Kris, and together ran Chuck Klima Oil Company Maintenance. He was a stained glass artist and an expert pistol shooter, winning the state championship in 1968. Chuck and Joan retired to their home in Guttenberg where Chuck enjoyed fishing, turkey hunting, and mushroom hunting.

Chuck and Joan enjoyed dancing together their entire lives. "Mr. Chuck" has been a fixture at Guttenberg Elementary where he's read to kindergarteners twice a week for seven years. In 2003, Chuck helped create the beautiful stained glass panels that decorate the school's entryway.

He is preceded in death by his grandson, Brett Klima, and his wife Joan.

Chuck is survived by his brother Richard Klima of Florida; sister Connie Switzer of Tennessee; son Charles Klima (Pam), 66, of Buckingham, Iowa; daughter, Kris Nassif (Ken Johnsen), 63, of Des Moines Iowa; grandson Jake Nassif (Sarah), 38, of Minneapolis; granddaughter Allison Nassif (Ben Weaver), 35, of Minneapolis; and grandson Travis Klima, 32, of La Porte City, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Gracie and Johanna; his special friend Betty McVicker; and his best pal Calpie.


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