Charles Gritton Obituary

Charles E. Gritton
Charles Gritton
Charles E. Gritton

October 28, 1930 - November 4, 2008
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Charles Gritton, 78, died early on election day November 4, 2008, at Lutheran Hospital following open heart surgery.

Visitation will be Friday, November 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. and a Celebration of his Life and luncheon will be Saturday, November 8 at 11 a.m. Both will be held at Iles Funeral Homes-Grandview Park Chapel. Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Dalmanutha Cemetery in Guthrie County.

Charles was born October 28, 1930 to John Earl and Elva Viola (McChesney) Gritton in Des Moines, Iowa. He was a proud 1948 graduate of East H.S. in Des Moines, next attended Simpson College where he met his future wife, Hazel Rochholz. His fierce patriotism called him to leave college and enlist in the Army in April of 1951 volunteering for Korean duty. During the horrific days of combat he promised a life of service should he survive. That promise became the cornerstone of his life in every way. Upon graduation from Drake with a teaching degree in 1956 he taught 2 years at Harlan H.S. and then educated in the Des Moines schools until retiring from Lincoln H.S. in 1992.

Always an innovative educator, he coauthored a book with Dr. D.H. Shuster Suggestive Accelerative Learning and Teaching which has been published in six languages.

His whole life was spent teaching and every conversation with him was a learning experience. His family sometimes rolled their eyes, suffering from information overload.

As a youngster, Charles learned woodcarving from his grandfather and uncle which became one of his life long hobbies. He co-founded the Mid Iowa Wood Carvers Association and served as judge at the Iowa State Fair for many years.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Hazel Rochholz Gritton; his two independent daughters, Barb and Cheryl; three heartbroken grandchildren, Era, Adam and Keane; and two blessed great-grandchildren, Kyrsty and Kane; one staunch son-in-law, Sonny; one brother, Jim and multiple nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents; his granddaughter, Rachel; and his younger sister, Nancy and her husband Tom.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to the VFW or the Iowa Veteran Cemetery.


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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Friday, November 7, 2008
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Saturday, November 8, 2008
11:00 AM
Dalmanutha Cemetery
Casey, IA US
Saturday, November 8, 2008
2:30 PM


V.F.W. State Headquarters
3601 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA 50003-3300