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Charles W. "Chuck" Granger
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Birth:  Jan. 7, 1934
Black Hawk County
Iowa, USA
Death:  Jun. 16, 2012
Black Hawk County
Iowa, USA

son of Willard and Ruth (Moessner) Granger

Tribute To My Brother Charles (Chuck) Granger By Len Granger

I was very privileged to have a brother, Charles Granger, who everyone called Chuck, and would like to give this story as I recall him , as a tribute.

He was 18 months younger that myself, but was the one I looked to for assistance, as Chuck was the strong football player and champion high school wrestler and even later at the University of Iowa. He loved to impress the neighbor kids when we were young with his boxing abilities, and I gave out tickets at the staged event during summer vacation, We lived at 927 West 6th St, near the High School, until 1942 when we moved into our rather new home on Cornwall St. It had been a farm home outside town and our father moved it into town. We, as young boys had jobs assigned to take the nails from the siding that was removed, all the square nails by the buckets. The house was soon back to the framework and then rebuilt as a two story with a more modern look.

Our bedroom was on the second floor and one morning during a lightning storm, a volt of lightning hit the tall flagpole erected outside our window. It burnt the flag rope to the ground and Chuck said no problem, as he climbed up the pole to the top and put in a new rope. He was always the one that climbed the ladders to change the storm winds as I held the ladder.

During the summer Chuck and I would get our bicycles in shape and pack all we could carry strapped to the bike and head across town to go camping on the Cedar River between Waterloo and Cedar Falls. Our campout was mostly swimming and fishing and lasted 2 or 3 days along the river. Seems we always caught catfish which provided us meat as we did not carry a cooler. Otherwise, it was sandwiches of peanut butter and jelly, as we ate light. Plenty of cookies, I recall as a back up.

We both had paper routes for several years and saved our money. In 1947 our dad said he would like to get a new Fraser Car and take a trip out west to California. We each gave our dad $400 and were so happy to help the family. As we finished drivers training, we were given a car by dad, Chuck got a 1936 Plymouth and I a 1937 Olds and now we could give the girls in our area a ride to school. One day Chuck came into the driveway too fast and hit the garage door, which was knocked off the track but we got it repaired in short order, and I don't think anyone knows about it till now.

Each morning in the summer we would go over the hill to a pasture were we had a milk cow that one of us would milk that day. It was a chore but did it year round in the pasture or garage in the winter,. If the cow put her foot in the bucket we would take it out and keep on milking as we needed the milk. Mom would ask why the milk was sort of dirty but she would strain it with a double thickness of cloth. I do not ever recall us getting sick as we drank lots of fresh milk.

Chuck in high school was a strong young man and worked on the railroad each summer vacation. In 1950 he stayed home as our family took a trip east to Washington DC and up the east coast. I recall how sad he looked as we drove away for the two weeks but a commitment to his job was my brothers way of life.

He lived a Christian life and was always faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We would write emails to each other as we spent our lives serving the Lord. We lay our physical body in the grave but the Lord picks our spiritual body up. As the Bible says "To be absent of the body is to be home with the Lord". 

It was an honor to have a brother like Chuck and sure enjoyed our 2008 visit in Waterloo, Iowa. I pray for the Lord's blessings on Joan his wife and all the family. Brother Len
Family links: 
  Willard A Granger (1906 - 1989)
  Ruth A. Moessner Granger (1912 - 2003)
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Black Hawk County
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