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Charles Franklin Haywood

April 5, 1931 October 18, 2018
Charles Franklin Haywood
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Charles F. Haywood, 87, of rural Union, Iowa, died of natural causes on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at Bethany Life in Story City. He was born in rural Granger on April 5, 1931, to Harry and Winnetta (Herrold) Haywood.
Visitation will be held at the Honey Creek-New Providence Friends Church in New Providence on Wednesday, October 24, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. A private family burial will take place at the Union Cemetery on Thursday morning. A service honoring his life will be held at the church on Thursday, October 25, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a time of fellowship.
At the age of seven, Charles’ family moved to rural Union, where he graduated from Union High School in 1948 and married his songbird Betty Wirth on June 17, 1951. Together they raised one son and four daughters. Charles’ laughter filled his home. Haywood family Christmas celebrations featured gag gifts and Charles’ bald head bedecked with the bows from his grandchildren’s presents. Known as the family jokester, Charles spearheaded decorating newlywed cars at family weddings and instigated pranks with his neighbor Merrill, whom he has joined in heaven, where they are surely riding mopeds together.
Charles endured thousands of concerts, recitals, pageants, livestock shows, plays, musicals, and sporting events of his children and grandchildren. Summer vacations were spent at the county and state fairs.
Charles often got in trouble with the referees at his daughter’s Union-Whitten Cobra basketball games, but only to “protect” them. He was an avid Iowa State Cyclone fan, driving to games in the “CyBird” mobile. He lived to see his beloved Chicago Cubs break the curse and win the World Series, but refused to buy the pony he promised his daughter years earlier if the Cubbies should win the pennant. He loved putting puzzles together and playing games with the grandchildren and taught them how to cheat playing checkers so they could beat their parents.
Charles witnessed a transformation in agriculture that constantly amazed him. He told stories about his father farming with a moldboard plow powered by horses, and he could plant straight corn and soybean rows without advancements in precision technology. He repurchased the first tractor he owned, a 1950 Farmall M, and learned many financial lessons through the 1980’s that he passed onto his son, who now runs the family farm.
The long hours Charles worked raising crops, cattle, and hogs instilled a strong work ethic into his children and grandchildren, but he always stopped what he was doing to attend their events. His daughters thought he let the cows out before their dates arrived to test the young men’s skills. This tactic only generated two sons-in-laws from farming backgrounds, but Charles did gain a skilled daughter-in-law who can manage all the farm tasks. Above all, Charles demonstrated family is more important than work.
Sundays were for church, and Charles made sure the chores were done in time to get everyone there. Although tone-deaf himself, Charles loved to be surrounded by his musical family in the pew as they sang hymns. He raised his family in the Union Community Church and enjoyed his “empty nest” years attending the Honey Creek-New Providence Friends Church.
Charles is survived by his wife of 67 years, who displayed the true meaning of “till death do us part” and their children – Carol (Scott) Humphrey of Eldora, Steven (Linda) Haywood of Union, Cheryl (Steve) Irwin of Chicago, Il., Beth (Ed) Stephas of Ames, Julianne (Terry) Johnston of Parkersburg and an honorary daughter, Marianne Pekola-Sjoblom of Finland. Also his grandchildren – Adam, Colleen, Christian and Juliet Humphrey; Rachel and Steve Linderman; Caleb and Elias Humphrey; Amber, Chris, Brinley and Lily Knudsen; Austin and Jennifer Haywood; Grant, Sarah, Sophie, Leah and Ruby Stephas; Amanda, Adam, Shaylee, Zoey, Charlie and Hadley DeLancey; Rebekah, Nate and Lyla Ross; Noah Stephas; and Mackenzie and Adeline Johnston. His thirteen great-grandchildren fondly referred to him as Grandpa Jellybean.
He is also survived by brother and best friend Arvin (Carolyn) of Conrad, his sister Corinne Martin of Union, sister-in-law Erma Haywood of Eldora and brother George (Elaine) Haywood of Rhodes, as well as many nieces and nephews and neighbor kids that he considered to be his own.
In death Charles has been reunited with his parents, his wife’s parents Ray and Glenna Wirth and a beautiful granddaughter Adrianna Haywood Johnston. Additionally, his sister Frieda Newby, brother LaVerne Haywood, an infant brother Lawrence Lyle and extended family members.
God blessed the life of Charles F. Haywood. He didn’t hide his light under a bushel — His light shines on through his family.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for an agricultural related memorial fund to be established.

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4:30 PM 10/24/2018 4:30:00 PM - 7:30 PM 10/24/2018 7:30:00 PM
Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church

604 Cherry Dr
New Providence, IA 50206

Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church
604 Cherry Dr New Providence 50206 IA
United States

Funeral Service




1:30 PM 10/25/2018 1:30:00 PM
Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church

604 Cherry Dr
New Providence, IA 50206

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for an agricultural related memorial fund to be established

Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church
604 Cherry Dr New Providence 50206 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Union Cemetery Union Final Resting Place

Co Hwy S62
Union, IA 50258

Co Hwy S62 Union 50258 IA
United States

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