Charles Iodence

A celebration of life for Charles Iodence will be Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 4:30 PM at the Shared Outdoors Venue on the Iodence Ranch in Hemingford, NE.

The family asks that you please RSVP by Thursday, July 30, by calling Brian at (308)487-3426

In lieu of flowers, please donate memorials to Veteran’s Memorial Flight, Inc. of Chadron.

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Charles L. Iodence was born August 2, 1929 to C.G. (Pete) and Mary Iodence of Hemingford, NE, and passed away January 11, 2020.

Charles attended the University of Nebraska before entering the U.S. Army and served in Germany until 1954. He married Shirley Johnston of Albany, NY, and they raised their 5 children on the Iodence Registered Hereford Ranch near Hemingford.

He was active in the Nebraska Stock Growers Association and was a 4-H Leader and mentor to many future ranchers.

After retiring from ranching, Charles went to work for the U.S. Forest Service at the Pine Ridge Job Corps Center south of Chadron in the dorms and craft activity areas, which he enjoyed very much. When he retired in 2010, he was the oldest government employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In his later years, Charles was a resident of Prairie Pines Lodge in Chadron, where he was a regular at the daily BINGO games. He also felt very fortunate to have taken the Veterans’ Honor Flight to Washington D.C. last summer.

The Iodence family would like to thank the nursing staff at Chadron Community Hospital for all the wonderful care and love they expressed to Charles while he was there. You are definitely angels on earth.

Charles Iodence is survived by his 5 children, Anita Powley of Omaha, NE, Mark (Pam) of Park City, UT, Brian (Carol) of Hemingford, NE, Curt (Christy) of Scottsdale, AZ, Gay Lorraine (James) Call of Grand Junction, CO., 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Charles Iodence.