Charles Marion Van Zee was born on July 15, 1916 in rural Pleasantville, Iowa, the son of Carl A. Van Zee and Carol (Kading) Van Zee.
He attended country school and then went on to graduate with the Pleasantville High School class of 1934. Charles was united in marriage to Flavia Ethel Stubbs in Unionville, Missouri, on October 3, 1936. The two made their home in Pleasantville before moving to Dallas Center in 1948. In 1954, they moved to their farm east of Pleasantville. Charles was a farmer and owner of Van Zee Livestock Trucking. He also had sold seed corn and distributed Archer Oil.
Charles was a lifetime member of the Pleasantville Christian Church, member of the Pleasantville City Council, Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce, Farm Bureau and was a 4-H Leader for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time at the sale barn, playing pitch, and his morning coffee at Mr. C’s. Charles grew the most beautiful roses and would share them with his friends around town. He and Ethel enjoyed traveling to Germany twice to visit Bruno. Charles will be remembered as a loving dad, grandpa and great-grandpa.
Charles passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Pleasant Care Living Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ethel, son, Claren, and a brother, Howard Van Zee.
He is survived by his children, Glenadean Betterton of Pleasantville, Bruno Jessen (Renate) of Hamburg, Germany; grandchildren: Tamra Starr-DePaul (Tony) of Elmhurst, IL; Tonya Betterton of Breckenridge, CO; James Van Zee (Barbara) of Altoona; Miika Busick (Rob) and William Betterton of Pleasantville; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers; Dean Van Zee (Greta) of Knoxville and Robert Van Zee (Marilyn) of Pleasantville.
Charles Van Zee
Mason Funeral Home – Pleasantville, Iowa
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Donna Murphy-Ceradsky, officiating
Midge Brooks, organist
“Old Rugged Cross” – Miika Busick
“Don’t Blink” – Kenny Chesney
“I Can Only Imagine”
Hunter Starr Spencer Starr
Zachary Starr Trey Busick
Brock Busick James Carl Van Zee, Jr.
Honorary Casket Bearers
Jessica DePaul Paige Busick
Brayton Van Zee Lincoln Betterton
Pleasantville Cemetery – Pleasantville, Iowa
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasantville Christian Church or the Community Food Pantry.
The family invites relatives and friends to the basement of the Pleasantville Christian Church for lunch following the committal service.