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NAME: Van Auken, Charles F. (m. Lorena Mincer)


Charles Van Auken Funeral Rites Tuesday
 Charles F. Van Auken, a well known residen of this community, who had been employed at the Western Auto Store in this city the past ten years, died April 8, 1962 at the Veteran's Hospital in Iowa City where he had been a patient for some weeks.
 Charles, known to his many friends as "Chuck" Van Auken was born at Columbus Junction August 6, 1915 and was aged 46 years, 8 months and 2 days. His parents were James and Edna Hammond Van Auken.
 He was united in marriage to Lorena Mincer of this city, January 22, 1934 and before associating with Western Auto was employed the Columbus Junction button factory.  He served in the Air Force in World War 2.
 He is survived by his wife and two sons, James William Van Auken and Chris and by two grandchildren. He is also survived by five sisters, Mrs. LeRoy Thompson, Mrs. Richard Fuller, and Mrs. Gene Duncan of Columbus Junction and Mrs. Everett Thompson, Muscatine and Mrs. James Wade, Grandview and by four brothers, Glen of Anamosa; Howard, Merle and Raymond, Columbus Juncion.
 His parents and one sister Mrs. Orville Hill preceded him in death.
 Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at the Stacy Funeral Home and were conducted by the Rev. Walter Wulff, pastor of the Independent Bible Church. The service was very largely attended.
 Organist was Mrs. B. O. Roundy.
 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bausch, accompanied by Mrs. Roundy sang: "In The Garden".
 Flower attendants were Jan Morrison and Roberta Conklin.
 Casket bearers were William Larkin Sr., William Larkin Jr., James Utterback, LeRoy Heither, Paul Bailey, Clair Norton.
 Burial was in the Columbus City cemetery with graveside rites conducted by the American Legion.

contributed by Betty Rasmussen