Charles Nettles Obituary

Charles J. Nettles
Charles Nettles
Charles J. Nettles

November 3, 1930 - May 28, 2010
Born in Arkansas
Resided in Johnston, IA
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Charles J. Nettles, 79, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2010, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Charlie chose to donate his body to the University of Iowa for medical research and there are no services planned at his request.

Charles Jackson Nettles was born on November 3, 1930, the son of Guy and Eva Nettles, on his parents’ farm located between Piggott and Pollard, Arkansas. Following high school, in 1948 Charlie joined the US Air Force for four years, where he was stationed in Japan during the Korean War. He returned to Arkansas following his discharge and entered college on the GI bill. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas, achieving bachelor and master’s degrees. He moved to Ames, Iowa in 1958 to work on his doctorate of agronomy at Iowa State. Charlie worked for several seed companies and in 1966 worked at the Meredith Corp. to revise the Better Homes and Gardens Garden Book and also edited the monthly garden magazine. In 1969, Charlie began at The Des Moines Register where he worked until his retirement in 1992. He did numerous jobs in the newsroom, and was an editor of Farm Magazine and Picture Magazine. Following his retirement he worked part-time at the Register as a copy editor for six years.

Charlie loved his family, his pets, watching old movies, good conversation and good dining and his many friends from The Des Moines Register, Hyperion Field Club and Kiwanis.

Charlie is survived and lovingly remembered by his companion of 26 years, Suzanne Nelson of Johnston; daughter, Dianne (Dale) Willenborg of Council Bluffs; two sons, Sam (Deb) Nettles of Colorado Springs, CO, and Tim Nettles of West Des Moines; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three honorary grandchildren; and his sister, Mary Busby of Piggott, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Odell Nettles.

His family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Buroker and the staff at the John Stoddard Cancer Center. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa 5452 NE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50313





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