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Charles Bickford
January 19, 1924–December 1, 2005
Charles Bickford, 81, of Anamosa, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, in his home following a long illness. Services: 10:30 a.m., Monday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The Rev. Jerry Egel will officiate at the service. Interment: Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Goettsch Funeral Home in Anamosa.
Survivors include his wife, Luella; three sons, Mike (Nancy), Marlin and Mark (Rhonda), all of Anamosa; two brothers LeRoy of Amber and John (Laberta) of Maquoketa; one sister, Dixie (Robert) Danley of Whittier; three grandchildren, Holly Bickford (Brian) Loney, Amber (Dennis) Holland and Dylan Bickford; and three great-grandchildren, Paige Loney, Brooke Loney and Chelsa Holland.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Melvin Charles; three brothers, Harold, Raymond and Clayton; and one sister, Edna Sievers.
Charles was born Jan. 19, 1924, in Jackson County, Iowa, the son of Howard and Matilda Burns Bickford. He attended the rural schools in Jackson County. On Nov. 11, 1950, he married Luella Osterkamp at Wayne Zion Lutheran Church. Charles worked at Anamosa Produce and Bickford's DX service station in Anamosa. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and dancing in his younger years and listening to country music. He also enjoyed being around his family and grandkids. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Isaac Walton League.

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