- October 3, 1931 - June 9, 2012
- Yorktown, Iowa
of Charles' Passing
- Memorials may be directed to the Southwest Humane Society or to the Nishna Productions Valley Group Home.
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“I remember going to the Drennen's house with my parents around 1969. I was only 12 years old and never had been around horses before. Peggy and I...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Rick Haberkorn - Story City, IA
“Charles became a patron of my Shenandoah barber shop when Dave Whipp of Clarinda started to work with me. He was a great guy and enjoyed getting...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Tom Brodersen - Shenandoah, IA
“My deepes sympathy goes out to Aunt Joyce and the girls. May he rest in peace. I loved that picture of Uncle Charles, he has that Drennen twinkle...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Jane Drennen Ahlquist - CA
“Mrs. Drennen and girls..We are sorry for your lost. Charlie was a nice man and always had a smile on his face when you saw him. Our thoughts and...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Whipple Jenkins - IA
“Uncle Charles - The best uncle any kid could have. All the nieces and nephews always wanted to run away to Uncle Charles house when we were upset...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Becky Kuhns - Rock Port, MO
“Charlie was a man of character, loving and with a heart the size of a giant. He loved his family and yet found room to add an "extended family" of...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Kip & Glo Compton - Tucson, AZ
“Charlie was my second father for my young years and was part of my wedding party along with Joyce. I will never forget the time my dad and Charlie...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Aileen Olenius - Victoria, TX
“Charles was the dearest, sweetest man. We all loved the days that Charles was scheduled at the clinic. If I could chose a second dad it would be...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: cheryl johnson - walton, NE
“Charlie was loved by many. I especially will miss not having him there to call when i need advice about cars and other stuff. I will miss going...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Rod Bergren - Polk City, IA
“So saddened to hear of Charles passing away. Got to see him last June at mom & dad's 50th Anniversary. Will always remember the times we went to...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Brenda-Logan-Polley - Bethany, MO
“I have known Charlie for a long time, and I will miss him. I remember the days at the shop when at closing time, we would grab a drink and discuss...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Wayne & Debbie Goecker - Clarinda, IA
“Going to miss your wave when I drove by your house.
13 of 17 | Posted by: Cherrie (Morrison) Simpson - TX
“Whenever Charles would come into the clinic, everyone would flock to him and give him hugs and kisses on the cheek. We loved him so and will miss him...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Deb Dolezal - Lincoln, NE - Nurse
“I will love and miss him forever, rest in peace Dad.
15 of 17 | Posted by: Pat Huseman - Coin, IA - daugther
“Charlie was a very special person who gave of himself to the community. I remember the parties he threw for the community at his shop and his...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Charles Keeran - Clarinda, IA
Funeral services for Charles Drennen, age 80, of Yorktown, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Ken Card officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 14 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Polsley Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Southwest Iowa Humane Society or to the Nishna Productions Valley Group Home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.
Charles Guston Drennen was born October 3, 1931, in Taylor County, Iowa to Harvey D. Drennen and Agnes Marie (Laub) Drennen. Charles and his family lived several places around Blockton and Sharpsburg, Iowa and Nodaway County, Missouri. He attended Burlington Junction High School. Charles' mother died when he was fourteen and he and his siblings were a very close family. Charles was united in marriage June 4, 1948, in Elmo, Missouri to Joyce Merriett. They were blessed with three daughters, Patricia, Peggy and Pamela.
Early in his working career Charles worked for Roberts Dairy and Iowa Power and Light Company. He then owned and operated Drennen's Garage and Used Cars in Yorktown, Iowa. He enjoyed being a mechanic and kept the cars, tractors, trucks of the community running. Charles was a very caring person, always ready to help someone. In later years, he drove hot shot trips for Thummel Trucking. Charles served the community of Yorktown faithfully for many years as Mayor, council member and Volunteer Fire Department member.
Charles enjoyed riding horses, and rode in many parades he also enjoyed attending the 4-H horse shows of his grandchildren. He loved kids and was adopted grandfather to the kids of Yorktown. He enjoyed taking care of his children and grandchildren.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Roy Drennen and Donald Drennen; sister, Betty Pfeifer.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Joyce Drennen of Yorktown, Iowa; daughters, Pat Huseman and husband Keith of Coin, Iowa, Peg Barbee and husband Tom of Lincoln, Nebraska, Pam Lindholm and husband Russell of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Jenny Huseman, Brian Huseman, Jill Mitchell, Lauren Barbee, Madison Barbee, Kristin Drennen, Abby Meadows; great grandchildren, Reyna Huseman, Jordan Flores; brothers, Sam Drennen of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Bobbie Drennen of Lenox, Iowa; sister, Helen Ward and husband Paul of Maryville, Missouri; nieces; nephews and many friends.
Charles will be greatly missed by his family and many friends;
his memory will live on in their hearts.
May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn his passing.