Charles John Stark Jr., 89, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, after an extended illness. Memorial Mass: 10:30 a.m. Saturday Dec. 2, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, where friends may visit with the family after 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Steve Garner and the Rev. Mark Osterhaus will officiate. Charles donated his body to the University of Iowa for medical research. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Teresa (Dennis) Hoelker of Cedar Rapids; son, James (Tece) of Richmond, Texas; son, Richard (Lori) of Chicago; daughter, Catherine Hunt of Rochester, Minn.; son, John (Lesa) of New London, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his aunt, Mary Feuerer; and his son, Charles Stark III, in 2010.
Charles was born Feb. 18, 1928, in Racine, Wis., the son of Charles Sr. and Rose Feuerer Stark. He graduated from Loras College in 1951 and the University of Iowa in 1957, with a master's degree in education. He married Dorothy Fier on March 31, 1951, in Clinton. Charles taught middle school math and science for 35 years, retiring in 1984.
Charles was a faithful member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and proudly served in the Army during World War II. He enjoyed reading, sports and family activities.
He will forever be remembered for being a wonderful and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend, whose memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved him.
Memorial donations may be given to St. Matthew Catholic Church.
Please leave a message or tribute to the Stark family on the website at www.cedarmemorial. com under Obituaries.
Posted on Sunday, 12 November 2017