Charles Allen

Charles Allen, 94, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Iowa Heart Center Foundation and the Madison County Historical Society. Services are pending at this time. Arrangements are being planned for March. 

Charles Wayne Allen was born to Charles Wesley Allen and Anna Beatrice Hildebrand Allen on Aug. 24, 1925, at home near Winterset. He graduated from Winterset High School in the class of 1943 and joined the United States Army in 1944 during World War II, serving in the Pacific theatre. He attended Southern University business college and graduated from A.I.B. prior to his employment with the Iowa State Department of Revenue as a field auditor and later as Administrator for the sales and use tax division in Des Moines. He retired from the State Department after 39 years and became a full-time farmer until around the age of 91. Charles was untied in marriage to Jo Ann Harpole in 1948. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Patterson, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and of the Eastern Star, a member of the Madison County Historical Society and the V.F.W. of Winterset.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five sisters.

Charles is survived by his wife, Jo Ann; three sons, Danny J. (Sonia) of Winterset, Randall C. (Paula) of Urbandale, and Nathan W. (Dorothy) of Winterset; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one brother.

Arrangements are being handled by Caldwell Parrish  Funeral Home, Winterset Chapel. Online condolences  may be left at

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