Charles Galvin Jr,


Funeral services for Charles Galvin Jr. 97 of Aurelia will be Monday, June 3, 2024 at 10:30 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, burial will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery rural Aurelia, Iowa with Pastor Linda Morse officiating.  Visitation will be Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia from 2:00 – 5:00 PM with the family being present.  The service will be live streamed at:                               

The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Galvin Jr., beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather, brother and friend was born April 4, 1927 to Charles and Lillian (Wunschel) Galvin on a farm south of Quimby, Iowa.  He graduated from Aurelia High School with the Class of 1946.  After graduation he worked as a hired man before starting farming on his own, south of Aurelia.  He enjoyed all aspects of farming and saw many changes.

On June 8, 1947 he was united in marriage with Tena Mae Fox at the Aurelia United Methodist Church.  Charles and Tena Mae were blessed with four children: Mike, Cindy, Jack and Ted.

In 1983, after many years of farm life, Charles and Tena Mae semi-retired and moved to their house in Aurelia.  Charles continued to make daily trips to the farm to help out and later supervise.  Even in his 90’s he rode the combine at harvest time!           He enjoyed visits from the grandkids and great grandkids. He always had a story to tell them.  He and Tena Mae also enjoyed many bus trips across the U.S. and made many friends.  They also traveled to Missouri to see relatives.  He was faithful about attending the annual Galvin picnics and Christmases.  They were eager to join their Pinochle club for a game of cards and visits.  Charles checked out Facebook daily, played some solitaire or listened to music on the computer.  He commented many times about how things had changed in his life time. 

Charles left his earthly home on May 26, 2024 at Wel-Life in Alta after just reaching his 97th Birthday.

Charles is preceded in death by his wife: Tena Mae on November 8, 2016, parents, brothers: Paul, Don, and Larry.  Sisters Alice Peterson, Betty Erickson, Deloris Brisbois and Jean Neville.  Parents-in-law Clyde and Geneva Fox.

Charles is survived by his children: Mike (Karen) Galvin of Galva, Cindy (Larry) Jerge of Spirit Lake, Jack (Nancy) Galvin of Aurelia, Ted (Sonia) Galvin of Cherokee.  Grandchildren & great grandchildren: Janine (Dave) Baker-Nicholaus (Shaeyana Fay), Allisyn, Keegan, Brian (Moira) Galvin-Mackenzie & Avery,, David Galvin-Madison, Marissa, Owen, Anna, Chloe, Chris (Jenna) Galvin- Lucas, Jonah, Charlee, Maddy, Dwight (Jackie) Jerge- Emma & Ethan, Heather (Brahim) Chardoudi-Aiden, Lucy, Tao, Jeremy (Jennifer)Galvin-Annie, Lillie, Ben, Neil Galvin – Sam & Eli, Josh (Tiffany) Galvin- Jay, Anthony, Mya, Addison, Mason, Miranda Galvin-CJ & Calena, Marcus Galvin (Jared Frye).  One Great-great -granddaughter: Rowena Baker.  Three brothers: Bob (Ardiss) Galvin, Leland Galvin, Garold (Ila) Galvin.  Four sisters: Bonnie Raper, Pat Peterson, Carol (Bernard) Peterson, Sandy (John) Zimmerman. Two sisters-in-laws: Sharon Galvin, Norma Fox.  Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.