Charles Junior Bacon, 80, of Hopkinton, died Jan. 10, 2021, with his family at his side following a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Goettsch Funeral Home in Monticello, where a private family funeral service will start at 11:30 a.m. Military honors will be accorded by the United States Marine Corps. Interment will be in the Hopkinton Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, masks will be mandatory. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com. You may access the live service by going to www.goettschonline.com and then by clicking the Watch Our Live Services on the Facebook button which will direct you to Goettsch's Facebook page. You may also sign the guest book or leave a condolence at www.goettschonline.com.
Charles Junior Bacon was born May 21, 1940, on "the Eighty" in Buck Creek, Iowa. He was the son of Fay and Letha (Grapes) Bacon. Charles was a student at Hopkinton schools. He later spent two years in the Marines. Charles returned and married Jeryl K. Lehmann on Nov. 5, 1960. The couple lived in Maquoketa and Monticello, before moving to Florida in 1962. They moved to Hopkinton in 1967. For 51 years, they were partners in life, love and business owning multiple family ventures too numerous to mention. Charles J. enjoyed working along with his sons operating C.J. Bacon and Sons, Bacon Recycling and Triple C Convenience Store.
Charles Junior was a former member of the Hopkinton Fire Department, where he volunteered for 24 years, he was currently a Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Iowa and the El Kahir Shrine. In the past, he enjoyed being a member of the Jones County El Kahir Shriner Mini patrol club and was instrumental in getting other Shriners to come and participate in the Civil War days parades that were once held in Hopkinton for many years.
One of his favorite pastimes was running his crane "Snippy." The last few years, he spent many nights and weekends on the dance floor. It was on the dance floor that he met a very special lady, Dianne Delever of Cedar Rapids. They became inseparable and made their home together in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Surviving are his four children, Crystal (Scott) Sternhagen, Charles F. (Joy) Bacon, Curtis (Valerie) Bacon, all of Hopkinton, and Callie (Lonny) Sternhagen, Delhi; 13 grandchildren, Jacquelyn (Brock), Ashley (Evan), Dustin, Katie (special friend Michael), Rick (Wendi), Randy (Brooke), Andrew (Shelby), Amy (special friend Mike), Alecia, Samantha (Devin), Jeremy (Rachel), Tyler (special friend Elaina) and Jada ( Lonnie); and 17 great-grandchildren, plus one that is due in March. Charles had three siblings, Kay Griffin, Nick Bacon and Penny House, all of Florida.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Jeryl K.; his parents, Fay and Letha Bacon; and one great-grandson, Brooks Barry.