Charles Harmon

Charles “Chuck” Harmon, age 98 of Jefferson, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 at the Eden Acres Campus of Perry Lutheran Homes in Perry. A private family graveside will be held in the Paton Township Cemetery at, Paton. Memorials in his memory may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Online condolences may be left at

Charles (Chuck) Harmon, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away at the Eden Acres Campus Perry of Lutheran Homes at the age of 98.

Chuck was born July 5, 1924, in Jewell to parents George and Hausena Harmon. He grew up in several small towns in Iowa where his father was moved in his employment with the railroad. After graduation from high school, Chuck worked several different jobs, most notably at one restaurant in Fort Dodge. That’s where he met his future wife and life-long love and partner Marva Hansen of Paton.

As WWII progressed, Chuck volunteered and enlisted in the US Navy in early 1943. He was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he held several duty assignments within the Pacific war zone. In the meantime, Marva relocated to the west coast to work on assembly lines manufacturing supplies and equipment for the war. While on leave, Chuck and Marva were wed on March 18, 1944, in Humboldt, Iowa.

Following discharge from the Navy in Dec 1945, the couple purchased a grocery store in Paton and operated it from 1946-1986 while also rearing two children, Chuck had a tireless work ethic and always demonstrated care and concern for both customers and family.  As Marva’s health declined, the couple downsized and moved to Jefferson in 1995 where he served as primary caregiver until her death in 2003. His recreational activities and passions included playing golf and bridge and watching the Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes, all of which continued well into his later years.

Survivors include daughter Nicky Moorman, son John Harmon and his wife Susan; grandchildren Michelle, Brian (Cristin), Sarah (Mike), Emily (Mark), and Joe; six great grandchildren; and an extended family of nieces, nephews, and long-term friends. He is preceded in death by his wife Marva, his parents, and one brother Sterling.

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