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Obituaries

June 27, 2014

Charles Totten

OTTUMWA — Charles Henry Totten, 100, of Ottumwa died June 25, 2014 at The Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.

Charles was born November 15, 1913 to Wilson E. and Ida E. Totten in Oklahoma Indian Territory which is now Tishomingo, OK.

He married Helen Bollinger on October 21, 1939. She preceded him in death on April 15, 1979.

In 1925 his father loaded his family of 8 and moved to Lamar, CO in a covered wagon. Chuck said that was a 400 mile trip he would never forget. His father became a deputy sheriff for Prowers County.

During the Depression, Chuck worked for the C.C.C. cutting fire lanes in the Rocky Mountains. After the dust bowl hit Colorado, he followed his brother, Alfred, to Ottumwa and worked for Schafer Ice and Cold Storage Co. For 35 years he worked as cold storage manager engineer and for 10 years as general manager until 1969. He worked as manager for Chemetron Corp. Cardox Division in Muscatine and Dubuque for 7 years before retiring in 1976.

Chuck loved outdoor activities such as boating, hunting, beekeeping and fishing. He had a trailer on the south Skunk River for several years where his family and guests would visit and enjoy.

He was preceded in death by a step-son, William H. Gibbons; three sisters, Ethel Waldroup, Irine Moon and Yvonna Marie Libsack; four brothers, Estel, Alford, Cecil, and Leonard Totten.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with Rev. Jon Disburg officiating. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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