Charles George Addy was born on a farm in Amherst Township, Cherokee County, on Oct 1, 1913 to Charles Stanley and Rachel (Pimperton) Addy. He was raised near Marcus, attended country school and later graduated from Marcus High School in 1931.
He continued his education by attending business school in Kansas City, Mo. Charlie returned to Marcus and farmed with his parents for a few years before beginning his career with the Marcus Oil and Supply Company in 1936 as a tank truck driver. He was named manager of Marcus Oil in 1940, a position he held for 39 years. He retired from Marcus Oil in 1979. He also raised turkeys for 20 years.
His business was service and so was his life. He served on the Marcus Medical and the Farmers State Bank boards, the Marcus Town Council, the Boy Scout Council and the Golf Association. He belonged to the Rotary Club, the Commercial Club and the Iowa Independent Oil and Jobbers Association and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.
He was honored for his involvement in the Marcus community by being named the Quasquicentennial King of Marcus in 1996. He was a loyal St. Louis Cardinal, Iowa Hawkeye, and Marcus Eagle sports fan. He was an avid gardener of both vegetables and flowers.
On Feb. 20, 1939 Charles and Fern Kramer were united in marriage at Holy Name Catholic Church. The couple made their home in Marcus where they raised their family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Marie Deichmann, Marjorie Klingborg and Lois Addy; brothers Robert and Donald Addy.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Fern; his children Charles J. Addy and his wife Frances, John R. Addy, and Joan Kelley and her husband Mike, all of Omaha, Neb., Gayle Leitz of Tracy, Calif., and Ray M. Addy of Marcus; grandchildren Karen (Addy) Tully, Charles Samuel and Joseph Addy; Patrick and Michael Addy; Rachel, Emily, Amber, Nicholas and Hannah Kelley; John Pearson, Maggie Leitz, and Sarah (Leitz) Perez; great-grandchildren Stanley, Cora and Amelia Tully, Cody and Ashley Pearson, and Charlie Addy; a brother Lawrence Addy of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister-in-law Margaret Addy of Fayette; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to the Marcus Community Fair Association.