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Charles ‘Chuck’ Gaffey Aug. 14, 1941 - Feb. 22, 2017

February 26, 2017
Estherville News

Charles Joseph "Chuck" Gaffey, 75, died unexpectedly at his home in Lena, Ill. on Feb 22, 2017. Memorial services will be Saturday March 4, 2017 at St John's Lutheran Church, Lena. Visitation will be from 9 until the time of service at noon, with a luncheon to follow. Services will be officiated by Pastor Rick Bader. A private inurnment will be at St. Michael's Church Cemetery in Holbrook, Iowa at a date to be determined.

Chuck was born on Aug 14, 1941, in Iowa City, the third child of a family of seven born to Joe and Laura (Fahnholz) Gaffey. He grew up in Holbrook, Iowa, attending the one room country grade school, graduating valedictorian from Parnell High School in 1959. While in high school, he helped in running their family-owned grocery store as well as working for several local farmers. He attended the University of Iowa before entering the U S Army. After serving in the military, he started a 50-plus year career in the world of finance and banking, retiring as president of Bank Plus in Estherville. Chuck also was involved with the American Legion for 43 years. In his retirement years, he worked as a bank consultant in Iowa and Illinois.

Chuck was a very active member in his church, St John's Lutheran Church, Lena, acted as an elder, usher, and consulted on several church endeavors. He also enjoyed assisting with the wheelchair ramp building team.

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Chuck Gaffey

On July 18, 2009, he married Ann Clausen at St John's Lutheran Church, Lena, Il. Together, they enjoyed traveling to many places including Ireland, Alaska, Nova Scotia, Branson and driving historic Route 66. In his spare time, Chuck enjoyed reading and woodworking.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Ann, son Larry (Melody) Gaffey of Elkhorn, Wis., stepson David Clausen of Mt Pleasant, Wis. and stepdaughter Amanda (Brett) Swoik, Lincolnwood, Ill., grandchildren Max and Elizabeth Gaffey, Bradley and Gavin Swoik, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by three brothers Gerald (Marilyn) Gaffey, Iowa City, Harold (Cindi) Gaffey, Coralville, and Ed (Karen) Gaffey of Altoona. And by three sisters, Laurine (Robert) Sueppel, Marion, Mary Kathryn Roth, West Branch, and Theresa (Jerry) Stevens, Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Charles in 1981, his parents, Joe and Laura Gaffey, brother-in-law, John Roth, and nephew Ronald Gaffey.

He will be remembered as a caring, generous gentlemen's gentleman.

Memorials may be made to Friends of Old St Michael's in Holbrook, Iowa, and sent to Gerald Gaffey, #9 The Woods NE, Iowa City, IA 52240.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Leamon Funeral Home, 210 W. Main Street, Lena, IL. 815-369-4512.



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