Charles W. ” Charlie ” Huss


Charles W. ” Charlie ” Huss, age 99, late of Oquawka, Illinois, passed

away at Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab, Stronghurst Illinois on April 2,

2024 at 8:27 am. Charles was born on November 11, 1924, in Oquawka,

Illinois, the son of Walter Cecil  and Leora Verle Sebring Huss. He was

raised in the Oquawka-Gladstone, Illinois area where he attended local

schools. Having served his tour of duty in the European Theatre in

Germany during World War II, he was the eighteenth person to cross the

Remagan Bridge in Germany. Charlie returned home and took up farming

with his father and brother in the Gladstone area where they raised

cantaloupe and watermelon. He later met and married Velma I. Furnald.

Tiring of melon farming, Charles gained employment at the Iowa Army

Ammunition Plant in Middletown, Iowa, where he worked as a laborer for

much of his life. Having a natural talent for playing the piano, along

with his brother and cousins, he formed a band, “The Mississippi River

Ramblers” and together throughout the late 50s and 60s they spent many a

weekend nights entertaining patrons in various night spots throughout

Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Later in life Charles developed a love

for travel and throughout the late 60s, 70s, and early 80s was stricken

with wanderlust that led him to become an over the road, long haul truck

driver,m the adventures of which he relived daily and delighted in

telling stories of his many escapades to any family member or friend

willing to listen. A man of many talents he was a competent newspaper

printer, mechanic, sewist, carpenter and entertainer; he loved to shoot

pool at the local pubs and was known to tip a few with his friends. He

enjoyed gambling at the nearby casinos, was a pretty good cook, and

enjoyed kickin up his heels on any given night at the slightest hint of

an invitation. A compassionate soul, he never knew a stranger and was a

consummate peacemaker in his better days. He also was known to play

piano as a duet at Lou Pavlic’s Italian Village in Monmouth with

Gertrude Romine on the Electron Organ, which many may remember. Charles

is survived by his daughter, Janie Patten of Aledo, Illinois and his

son, Charles J. Huss of Gladstone, Illinois; four granddaughters, Julie

A. Newman and Bill of Davenport, Iowa, Jeni M. Ewing and Matt of Seaton,

Illinois, Dawn I Akers and Mike and Amy L. Bole, all of Gladstone,

Illinois; six great granddaughters, Hilarie Guthrie and Dylan, Cassandra

Stone, Isabel Bryant and Keegan, Brooke Vancil and Dustin, Brianna Akers

and Jonathan, and Nakayla Bole; two great grandsons, Jacob Ewing and

Ashley and Justin Bole and Emelia, three great great grandchildren Liam,

Georgia, and Harper, one great great grandchild due to arrive in

September, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in

his death by his mother and father, brother Lloyd, and sister Sylvia.

A graveside service for Charles is planned for 10:30 am on Saturday,

April 6, 2024, at the Oquawka Cemetery in Oquawka, Illinois. His family

plans to be at the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the service.  His

care is in the charge of Turnbull Funeral Home in Oquawka, Illinois. A

memorial Fund is being established for the Henderson County Humane

Society. For more information, or to leave a remembrance of Charles,

please visit

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