Charlie Wion Obituary

Charlie L Wion
Charlie L. Wion
Charlie L Wion

June 29, 1952 - August 31, 2019
Born in Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Charles L Wion of Des Moines passed away Saturday 8/31/2019 after a 6 month battle with esophageal cancer. He is proceeded in death by his grandparents, parents Lloyd and Margaret Wion and daughter Abbey. He is survived by his wife of 47 years Chris, daughter Angie (Chad), grandson Charlie. Brothers Dale, Darrell, Jerry and sisters Cheryl, Joyce and a collection of friends he truly cherished.

Charlie worked at Sears in the automotive department, Farm and City in their automotive department. Charles Gabus Ford, he was a woodworker, flipped houses, a process server/private investigator. Charlie saved his best gig for last. He was a certified home inspector and he loved his job!!

An active guy played hockey, softball, golf, fished, hunted, bowling, racquetball, and pickleball but most of all he loved bicycling and spending time with family, friends, and neighbors. Charlie was blessed with an incredible circle of friends. He had a way of bringing people together. Charlie’s man cave was nicknamed the Sawdust Pub. It was home to many a gathering for Iowa games, world series, Masters, any sporting events, good music and Friday night work release program. He loved a good party whether he was hosting or attending.

He was an active member of the Sunshine boys, which took on all sorts of home projects from metal roofs, bathrooms, kitchens, windows, 3 season porches. Mr. McGiver was very resourceful and project minded.

Charlie enjoyed traveling as well. He had the good and fun fortune to visit his favorite places Ft. Meyers Beach, Florida, Arizona, Tetons, Daytona 500, The Masters, Costa Rica, Canada, and many other great locations.

In 2000 Charlie spearheaded “The Abbey” which was a charity golf tournament in memory of his daughter that had passed. The tournament ran for 11 seasons and funded 100 kids to go to asthma camp sponsored by the American Lung Association.

Charlie was a Boy Scout and that instilled his lifelong direction, “always be prepared”. He also had 3 good pieces of advice he passed on to his girls, 1. Don’t do 2 illegal things at once. 2. Nothing good ever happen after midnight - so be home. 3. Be careful of the toes you step on today, they might be attached to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow.

John Carlson from the Des Moines Register deemed him the “Lawn Ranger”. That was for his immaculate lawn care skills.

Time and love are two of the most precious things in life. Charlie lived a full life, he said it was enough. Chris and Charlie have been blessed with incredible family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and strangers in the sharing of life’s adventures, milestones, setbacks, heartbreak and the everyday little things that make up a life. PAY ATTENTION - it all matters and we are never alone. Share, give and receive. Thank you all for being a part of our journey. Go enjoy yours!! Fill your hearts with love and memories. The shell of a person may fade and be gone but the soul, love, and memories of a person lives on. Even the small stuff make up to the steps to your own dance. CARPE DIEM!!

Services will be held Monday, September 9, 2019, at Dunn’s Funeral Home, Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa.
11:30 visitation with 1:00 service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Iowa Bicycle Coalition or American Lung Association





Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Monday, September 9, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Monday, September 9, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


American Lung Association
2530 73rd St
Urbandale, IA 50322