Charles HewittFebruary 20, 1930 ~ June 18, 2017 (age 87)
Charles Paul Hewitt, 87, of Monroe, died on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 22, at the First Baptist Church in Monroe. The family will greet friends after the service with a lunch at the church. Memorials in the family’s name may be left at the church or at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Charles, the son of Emmett and Jessie Hewitt, was born on February 20, 1930 in Floris, Iowa. He grew up in Eldon, Iowa with a life full of adventure on the farm with his 13 siblings. Charles remained very close to his siblings and was able to share many stories from growing up with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He attended country school through 9th grade, leaving school to help on the family farm. Charles served his country in the U.S. Army as a mechanic in Germany. On July 14, 1957, Charles married the love of his life, Kathryn Dickerson in Ottumwa, Iowa. They lived in Newton and then later to Monroe, where they lived for 54 years. Charles and Kathryn shared a lifetime of love to which they were blessed with three children, 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Charles worked as a foreman at The Maytag Company, retiring in 1988.
Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, mushroom hunting, and spent many hours in the garden and caring for his beautiful yard. Above all, his favorite pastime was being with his family. The family enjoyed many lively card and domino games. Charles never knew a stranger and had abounding love for all and an amazing will to live and love. The kindness and love were obvious in his last week of life by visitors, family, and “his nurses” at Iowa Lutheran who stopped in to express their affection for him. He always loved his hugs and kisses and wouldn’t allow his children and grandkids to leave with kissing him goodbye. Everyone was very willing to love on Grandpa. In April of 2016, Charles lost his beloved son, Tod, which left him broken hearted and while still having a zest for life he was looking forward to meeting him at the gates of Heaven and we think they probably had the best Father’s Day together this year.
Charles is survived and missed greatly by his loving wife, Kathryn of Monroe; daughters, Paula Jo (Gale) Perrin of Monroe and Gloria Dee (Eric) Reed of Oskaloosa; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Arica (Josh) Brinegar and their children, Hewitt, Harrison, Kathryn, and Penelope; Aaron (Lindsey) Perrin and his children, Dresden and Arienette; Austin, Aidan, Max, and Luke Reed; Alexis and Avery Hewitt; Roxie (Mark) Anderson and their children, Chelsea, Mitch, Alix, and Tyler; and Heather (Jeff) Martin and their children, Carly and Kaleb; his sister, Janice (Francis) Sullivan of Newton; brother, Keith (Cathy) Hewitt of Ottumwa; and his many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Charles Leon Hewitt in 1985; best friend and son, Martin Tod Hewitt; and his siblings, Eloise, Virginia, Flavena, Lucille, Mary Alyce, Cecil, Rex, Arlo, Elwood, Roscoe, and Donald.
Charles’ family is very grateful to have been able to experience the last 19 years with Charles assisted by the caring staff at Iowa Lutheran Hospital and his amazing Doctor, Dr. Palakurthy.