Charles “Chuck” Irwin Danielson, 90, of Hamilton, Ill., passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2022, at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Ill. Being a man of faith, Easter Sunday was the perfect day for him to enter the gates of Heaven.
Chuck was born June 22, 1931, in Decorah, Iowa, the son of Carl O. Danielson & Ida (Strand) Danielson. Chuck was united in marriage in 1957 to Virginia Ruth “Ginny” Perau after meeting on a train while he was stationed at Fort Drum, New York.
Chuck was a proud alum of Luther College where he received a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration. After graduating from college, Chuck entered the Army in October of 1953, and was honorably discharged in October 1955. He served in the Army Military Reserves for an additional eight years. Chuck passed the Certified Public Accountant exam and was a part of the Iowa Chapter of Certified Public Accountants.
Chuck has been a faithful and active member of the First Lutheran Church in Keokuk since 1969.
In 1969, Chuck brought his family and made his home in Keokuk, Iowa. He held several senior level accounting positions until he entered a partnership and was the Chief Financial Officer of Keokuk Ferro-Sil until his retirement.
As a young man, Chuck was adventurous and loved his 1941 Harley, he also learned to fly Cessna airplanes, sail and loved cars, spending many a weekend tinkering in the backyard unless the Cubs were playing. In his later years he and his wife loved to travel, visiting many places in the U.S. with a memorable 55th anniversary trip to Hawaii. Chuck enjoyed learning and gathered materials on a variety of topics to read and discuss with family.
Chuck was past President of Junior Achievement of Keokuk, and affiliated with the Keokuk Bridge Study Commission, Keokuk Chamber of Commerce, plus the Keokuk Public School Curriculum Advisory Committee. He also was a member of the Kiwanis Club, American Legion, and Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks.
Chuck is survived by one son, Michael Danielson ‘79 (Kathy) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., two daughters, Allison Danielson of Newport Beach, Calif., and Lori Danielson of Des Moines, Iowa; two grandsons, Joshua (Marcie Haller) Danielson of Phoenix, and Nathan (Kayla) Danielson and one great-grandson, Conner Danielson of Gallatin, Tenn.; one brother-inlaw, Donald Ash (Tracy) of Kansas City, and one sister-in-law, Donna Marie Ash (Russ) Rediger of Las Cruces, N.M., and extended family in the Decorah, Iowa, area. Chuck is preceded in death by his wife.
Funeral services were held April 22, 2022, at DeJong-Greaves-Printy Funeral Home in Keokuk, Iowa. Burial with military honors was held at the Lutheran Cemetery in Decorah, Iowa.
Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church of Keokuk or Tunnels to Towers Foundation. Tributes and condolences may be left at www.dejongsfuneralhome.com