Charles "Charlie" Ray LargeMay 1, 1932 ~ August 16, 2017 (age 85)
Charlie "Junior" Large, age 85 of Albia, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family members.
Charlie was born in Coal City, Iowa on May 1, 1932, the son of Alfred and Lena (Marvin) Large. He served in the United States Army from 1952-1954, and was stationed in Germany. Charlie was united in marriage to Avis Kennis in 1953. Together, the couple relocated to Newton, Iowa, where Charlie worked for Maytag for thirty years. Avis preceded Charlie in death.
Charlie married Diana Bakalar in 1979. The couple moved to Albia in 1989 and spent many wonderful years together.
In his free time, Charlie possessed many hobbies, including hunting, fishing, playing bingo, playing cards, feeding his pet fish, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his five children, Christy (Charles) Trullinger, Sue Valentine, David Large, Corey (Angie) Bakalar, and Rod Bakalar; ten grandchildren, Charles and Gary Trullinger, Aaron (Kim) Valentine, Dawn (Kendal) Madsen, Jennifer (Ryan) Wood, Ryan Large, Roxanne (JT) Landgrebe, Austin Bakalar, Tristan Bakalar, and Katelyn Bakalar; ten great grandchildren; three sisters, Nancy (Jim) Seddon, Mary (George) Eddy, and Pam Seals; and a brother, Milton (Peggy) Garr.
Charlie was preceded in death by his two wives, Avis and Diana; his parents; three sisters, Olive Thompson, Marceline Hogg, and Joan Carolyn Aldrich; and two brothers, Courtland Garr and Michael Garr.
Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Brian Hargrave officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Hilltown Cemetery, near Moulton, Iowa. A visitation will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, with the family greeting friends from 5-7 PM. Memorials have been established to HCI Hospice Care Services and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.