In Memory of

Charles T. Ganger Jr.

June 16, 1922 - April 7, 2013
Charles 'Chuck' Thomas Ganger Jr., the son of Charlie and Susie (Ritter) Ganger, was born in Lake View, Iowa on June 16, 1922. His childhood years were spent in Peterson, Iowa where his family owned and operated a restaurant. He received his education in the Peterson Schools. Chuck served as a Marine Corp Raider in WWII. He was involved in three 1st wave landings. He made and lost many friends in those years. He continued to keep in touch with their many families, calling them on the anniversaries of events he shared with their loved ones. These yearly calls meant so much to the families. Above all, he was a very proud marine. He married Alice (Toni) DeWaay on September 10, 1950. They started married life in Peterson, Iowa, where he served as the city mayor. He was instrumental in the building of the city pool, which is still in use to this day. Chuck and Alice were blessed with three children, Charles 'Dude', Ann and Mary. Chuck was a partner in the Sioux Dairy with his brother Freddie, and he and Toni owned Dee's Dairy in Cherokee and Paullina. He owned Chuck Ganger Buick Opel, and also owned and operated Daylight Donuts, both in Cherokee. He had many interests, including camping with family, and collecting numerous beautiful antiques with Toni. He loved his many convertible cars. He enjoyed snowmobiling with friends. He and Toni raised Collie dogs. He loved music-Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Willie Nelson were some of his favorites. He enjoyed visiting with his sister Mable, and watching the same old movies they watched at the Peterson Theater when there were in their youth. Chuck was known to repeatedly quote his older brother Merlyn's riddles to anyone who would listen. In fact, his children and grandchildren could repeat them at a very early age. Chuck passed away at the Cherokee Regional Health Center in Cherokee, Iowa, on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Merlyn, Freddie and infant brother Jesse, and one sister Mable and her husband Bernard Larson. He will lovingly be remembered by Toni, his wife of 63 years, his son Dude Ganger and his wife Lori of Cherokee, and two daughters, Ann Ganger and her partner Jamie Chess of Illinois, and Mary Ganger of Arizona; two grandchildren Kate and Charlie Ganger; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Ganger of Iowa, and Theora DeWaay of Iowa; brother-in-law Claire DeWaay and his wife Carol of California; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Pastor Magrey deVega
Visitation will be prior to the service on Saturday from 9:00 until 11:00 with the family present at that time.
At a later date.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Chuck will forever hold a special place in my heart. During World War II he saved my Dad's life during the Battle of Okinawa, pulling him down off the hill after he was wounded by an enemy sniper. He called my Dad every year on the anniversary of that unforgettable day and even after my dad died, Chuck stayed in touch with my mom and I. My heart goes out to the Ganger family. I will never forget Chuck or his April 14 calls. Semper Fi to a great man and brave Marine.”
- RaMar Gorby Orgeron
Friday, April 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Dude, Ann, Mary and families I was sorry to hear of Uncle Chucks death. He will be missed by many and He created many wonderful memories for you to cherish.”
- Abby Vogelaar
Friday, April 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Our lover and Prayers go out to you and your family Shunshine!”
- Bill and Marc
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Oh what a character Chuck was. Always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. Toni brought Anne and Mary when she 'Coffee'd' with my mother growing up and Chuck was with all of us when we had picnics at the Park or sledding in Peterson. God Speed..Hugs and Prayers to you all...”
- Jennifer Jenness-Lockwood
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Toni and Dude: My condolences tyo you. He was a good man and I always li9ked doing business with him. John Scott, formerly of Peterson, Ia”
- Johyn K. Scott
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Toni and family; I am so sorry for your loss of Chuck, I remember him as a very Kind, Friendly person. God Bless”
- Thayer, (Zip) Hoover
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“god bless you charley,it was a privledge to know you,i always enjoyed talking with you.remember the old east hill days.t”
- tom ford
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Charley's passing...he led a good life! Sending my condolences.
- Ann Loughlin
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“One of thoe people that had a great influence in my youth. Always had words of wisdom, caring, humor, and common sense... Thank You Chuck, and my sympathies to Toni, Dude and family”
- Byron "Barney" Brehmer
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Dude, Lori and family, so sorry for the loss of your dad, he was such a nice man!”
- Barb Burns
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Charley's passing. My heart and prayers go out to all of you. I know us boys were sometimes a major pain in the ass for him, but he always welcomed us warmly with a hearty laugh and words of encouragement and also warning if he thought we needed it. Rest in Peace, Charley”
- Michael L Sturgeon
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Toni, Sorry for your loss. He was a great man and I will miss him. I miss seeing him at sparkys in the mornings. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Kris Van Roekel
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Dude, Lori, and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Monday, April 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Semper Fi, Ganger Family!!!”
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
Monday, April 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Condolences from the Burkhardt family”
- Harry,Rita,Michael and Ashley Burkhardt
Monday, April 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Those years of camping together can never be replaced. Each time we go to Estes Park I remember Chuck and Toni, Ralph and Evelyn and families . So sorry for the loss.”
- Eddie Nelson
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