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Charles F. "Charlie" Lough

March 13, 1932 February 14, 2009
Charles F. "Charlie" Lough
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Obituary for Charles F. "Charlie" Lough

VINTON – Charles F. “Charlie” Lough, 76, of Vinton, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2009, at Virginia Gay Hospital surrounded by family after a four year battle with several different cancers.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton with Father David Ambrosy celebrant.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, February 16, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton where Sister Mary Hargrafen will officiate a 7 p.m. Scripture service followed by a KC Rosary.  Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery with military rites by George G. Luckey American Legion Post 57 of Vinton.  

Best known as Charlie, he was born March 13, 1932, in Bloomfield, Iowa, to Hubert and Genevieve Pence Lough.  He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1953 and served his country from September 1953 until September 1955 with the 12th Evacuation Hospital in the U.S. Army.  On January 24, 1954, he was united in marriage to Donna Waddle at St. Pat’s Catholic Church in Ottumwa.  

Upon his discharge, he lived and worked in Newton.  In 1965, the family moved to Vinton where he operated 218 Standard Truck Stop until September 1981.  He then worked for the Benton County Weed Department, retiring as Weed Commissioner in 1996.  He was a past President of the Iowa State Weed Commissioner’s Association.  

Charlie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton and the Knights of Columbus, where he served twice as Grand Knight.  He was also a member of George G. Luckey American Legion Post 57 in Vinton.  He enjoyed blue grass festivals, trout fishing, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his cattle and NASCAR.  

Charlie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Donna, of Vinton; five sons: Richard Lough of Branford CT; Donald (Joanna) Lough of Vinton; Ray (Trish) Lough of Vinton; Clifford (Linda) Lough of Fairfax; and Charles (Frank Furtado) Lough of Quincy, IL; four daughters: Annette (Steve) Krug of Ankeny; Catherine (Greg) Stein of Elberon; LaDonna (Jeff) Geiger of Vinton; and Genevieve (Doug) Almandinger of Cedar Rapids; 14 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren and 4 foster grandchildren; one sister, Betty Williams of Bloomfield; mother-in-law Esther Waddle of Ottumwa; three brothers-in-law: Joe (Alma) Waddle of Ottumwa; Floyd (Roberta) Waddle of Fayetteville, NC; and Dave (Barb) Waddle of Rochester, NY; three sisters-in-law: Norma (Darmen) Plain of Marshalltown; Judy LaRue of Eldon; Agnes (Chuck) Fitzsimmons of Libertyville; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful black Lab, Sam, who stayed by his side throughout his illness.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father Vessie Bales; daughter-in-law, Lori Lough; two sisters: Sylvia Lawson and Lee Etta Kinder; two brothers: Richard and John Lough; four brothers-in-law: Cliff Lawson, Bill Kinder, Harold Williams and Ron LaRue; sister-in-law Lorraine Lough; three step-sisters and their husbands: Arvilla and John Luko; Cora Mae and Carl Spurgeon and Romera and Alfie Lohr; and one step-brother, Leonard Bales.  
A memorial fund has been established.

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