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Charles A. Ollendick


Charles A. Ollendick, 81, of Hills, died on Friday, March 15, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, March 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hills. Visitation will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the church. Burial will be held after the Mass at St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hills First Responders or St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Charles was born on May 20, 1937, in Elgin, Neb., to Bernard H. and Elizabeth (Baechler) Ollendick. He was united in marriage to Jean Trouten on April 30, 1960, in Cresco, Iowa. He grew up farming in Elgin, Neb., and Cresco, Iowa, and after he was married continued to farm in Richland Center, Wis., until 1965. His love of farming was cut short when his sons, Wayne, Joe and later, Edward, were born with hemophilia, a bleeding disorder. That led them to move to Hills to get specialized care at the University of Iowa. Although his love for farming was strong, his love for his family was much stronger. After moving to Hills in 1965 and working some short-term jobs, Charles was a longtime employee at Advanced Drainage Systems of Iowa City. He retired as the plant manager when his son, Joe, was having health issues.
He had been an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church since 1965. He loved gardening, fishing, mushroom hunting, and was known for being an excellent woodworker, and loved to build. He truly was devoted to his family.
He is survived by his children, David (Dede) Ollendick and Karen (Daniel) Karr, both of Hills; daughter-in-law, Samra Ollendick of Illinois; grandchildren, Jonathan, Joshua, Andrea, Dillon, Jeffrey, Brian and Michael; siblings, Henry "Hank" Ollendick, Dorothy Salber, Francie Salber and Bernadine (Dave) Sloan; sister-in-law, Kay Ollendick; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; three sons, Wayne, Edward and Joseph; eight siblings, Marie (Lawrence) Hayes, Clara (Walter) Dorn, Theresa (August) Moser, Alfred (Ivy) "Fritz" Ollendick, Theodore (Hilda) "Ted" Ollendick, Louise (Tom) "Butch" Smith, Wilhelmina (Al) "Minnie" Kalvelage and Donald "Don" Ollendick.
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