In memory of

Charles Strain

August 26, 1948 - November 5, 2021
From: Lytton, IA
Charles Strain

Charles Strain

Born: August 26, 1948
Died: November 5, 2021
Age: 73
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  Charles “Chuck” Paul Strain, 73 of Lytton, Iowa passed away Friday, November 5, 2021. He passed away at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa after a very brief battle with liver cancer. Chuck Strain was born August 26, 1948, to parents Clyde and Margaret (Eshbaugh) Strain. Chuck was raised and continued to live on the family farm just east of Lytton. He attended Lytton Community School and graduated in 1966. 

  After graduation, Chuck was employed by Noble Manufacturing in Sac City. From 1968-1970 Chuck proudly served his country in the U.S. Army including a tour in Korea. After his honorable discharge, he began a career in printing. His printing career included working at the Sac Sun, Tri-County Special, and many years at Buena Vista Stationery and Printing in Storm Lake. Besides working full-time, he lived with and cared for his mother, Margaret. In his younger days, he enjoyed bowling on a team with his brother, Frank. Chuck was also a talented woodworker. He enjoyed making toys for children of all ages including his thirteen nieces and nephews. He often exhibited his creations at local craft fairs with good friend Eunice Ellerbrock which included unique items for household use.

  On August 26, 2003, Chuck married the love of his life, Jeannette Olson of Sac City. They enjoyed fun-filled trips together, many of them included a bicycle ride! Memorable trips included Oregon, California, Wisconsin, and more. The couple enjoyed participating in community events together. You may have seen them riding bikes in the annual Gala Days Parade! 

  Chuck’s strong faith in God was important in his life. He was baptized and grew up in the Presbyterian Church. He was always thankful and grateful for what the Lord provided and reminded others how blessed we truly are. He demonstrated his faith by serving others in many ways. He was an active member of the First Christian Church in Sac City. He had a humble heart and would lend a helping hand, encouraging words, and share a laugh. A person could smile and feel a bit better after having a chat with him. Chuck was genuinely a happy and thankful soul.

 Chuck had a heart for service. He was an active member of the American Legion for over 50 years. He served at the Lytton Legion Post #546 as Post Adjutant. He participated in many military funerals and helped decorate veterans’ graves every Memorial Day. He was part of the Post color guard which led the annual Gala Days Parades and was a big part of Lytton Town Night Bingo and the annual Gala Days Bingo Stand. 

 Chuck was an active person and enjoyed outdoor activities. His love of nature included rafting down the Raccoon River, camping, gardening, and sharing fresh produce with many others. For holidays and special occasions, he and Jeannette enjoyed baking, decorating, and delivering cookies and candies. Potato candy, spritz, and pinwheel cookies were a Strain family tradition!

  Chuck was also the official founder, organizer, and t-shirt designer of the Strain Tour de Farm bicycle ride. This annual event (which ran continuously for over 30 years) was not limited to just the Strain family. This round trip, 30-mile bike ride included an early morning start, breakfast, Pepsi, and monster cookies, followed by a barbeque. This ride always guaranteed friends, family, food, and fun!

   He would often offer words of encouragement and wanted people to be more kind to one another. Although he had a serious side, Chuck was a quick-witted prankster! His sense of humor shined through the jokes and stories he often shared. His favorite pastime was teasing and playing practical jokes. These antics will not be forgotten by his nieces and nephews! His Chuck-isms are pure nuggets of wisdom. Time spent with Chuck was often full of fun, joy, and laughter!

   Chuck was one-of-a-kind. He genuinely cared for and wished the best for everyone. He truly believed in these words: Be kind whenever possible...and it’s ALWAYS possible! 

   Chuck was a devoted husband, brother, uncle, step-father, son-in-law, coworker, and friend to many. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Jeannette, mother-in-law Ila Robison, sister Doris (Richard “Dick”) Hugg, brother Frank Strain, two brothers-in-law Scott (Nancy) and Ray and their families, three stepsons Jim, Eric (Karol), and Mark, step-grandson Luke, and many special nieces and nephews, extended family members, co-workers, and friends.

   Chuck was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Margaret (Esbaugh) Strain, father-in-law Charles Robison, sister Alice, and brother-in-law Merlin Gregg, sister-in-law Mignon Strain, nephew Wesley Gregg, and step-daughter Diana Olson.

Funeral Service
10:30 a.m., Tuesday
November 9, 2021
First Christian Church
Sac City, Iowa

Reverend Mark MacWhorter
5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Monday
November 8, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Cedar Cemetery
Rural Sac City, Iowa


Friday, November 12, 2021 at 9:01 AM
“Sorry to hear about the passing and condolences go to Frank and all of the family.”
- Lane and Barbara Collins
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 2:56 PM
“Dear Frank and Family, so sorry to learn of your loss. He was a fine man. Sincerely, Trish”
- Patricia Syring
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 1:49 PM
“I am so very sorry about Chucks passing! He was a wonderful man! He will be dearly missed! May memories flood your heart!❤️”
- Karen Shull
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 1:49 PM
“So sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. Like Linda Conrad (Bluml's) comment, I have many fond memories of Chuck as a child. All of us cousins would get together on their farm in the 60's and play softball; a fun time had by all... Love: Bill & Doris. RIP Chuck... ”
- William & Doris Walker
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 9:20 AM
“So sorry to hear of Chuck's passing! Sending prayers to you and your family.”
- Carol Gregg
Monday, November 8, 2021 at 9:54 AM
“Frank, sorry to hear of your brother's passing. May he rest in peace. ”
- LaVonne Schultz
Monday, November 8, 2021 at 8:58 AM
“Our hearts are heavy as we celebrate Chuck's life and mourn his passing. A life well lived, an example for all who knew him. May God comfort the family in the days and months ahead. ”
- Muriel Holt
Monday, November 8, 2021 at 8:58 AM
“Jeannette & family, I'm so sorry to hear of Chuck's death! What a kind & fun guy. Sending sincere thoughts & Prayers.”
- Fran Lawson
Monday, November 8, 2021 at 8:58 AM
“Chuck was one of a kind! We loved the laughs, joy, creativity and fun that was prevalent whenever Chuck was around. To say he will be missed is a gross understatement. Our sympathy and love go out to Jeannette and her family, and to all the Strain family.”
- Sue & Harold Peyton
Monday, November 8, 2021 at 8:58 AM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. May your fond memories ease your pain.”
- Nelda Bartels
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 4:52 PM
“Dear Jeanette, Frank, and Doris and families, so sorry Chuck has passed away. You are blessed with many good memories of him. I remember going to the Strain farm with my mom and dad Lois and Harold a lot as a little girl. May Chuck RIP ”
- Linda (Conrad) Bluml
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 4:38 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family. ”
- Jean Ellis
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 3:42 PM
“So very sorry for your loss”
- Susan Schnirring
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 3:42 PM
“Chuck was a good man & will be missed by all. Our sympathies to the family. ”
- Jeff & Jo Ellerbrock
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 3:42 PM
“I was a co-worker, when Chuck worked at Buena Vista Stationery. I too, worked in the printing dept. We spent many a long night putting out the AdGuide! I remember a particular prank. Two young girls (High School age) were parked in the lot, and noticed they had a flat tire, and spare was also flat. They rolled the flat spare down the alley towards a nearby garage. While they were gone, Chuck thought we should use a portable pig to inflate the flat. When they returned to change the tire, there wasn't a flat! We were all watching two very baffled girls, walking around car... looking up under wheel well... trying to figure out how tire had gotten fixed. We did come forward before they left, so they could get it checked before they went very far. He was a great person to work with. Although we didn't keep in touch, I am glad our lives intersected for a time. ”
- Tammy L Voss
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 6:35 AM
“So sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. Thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time. ”
- Denny and Janet Wilkins
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 6:35 AM
“My heart just breaks for your family. Much love to you and to e eryone chuck touched in his life. Remember: " grief has no time limit!" Carol A. Lohr”
- Carol A. Lohr
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