Charles Joens

Charles Joens, age 92 of Martensdale formally of Algona, passed away on Monday, June 3, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Society Center in Indianola. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Algona with the Rev. Paul Avery and the Rev. Jeremy Kidder officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery, Algona, with military rites conducted by the VFW Post #2541 and the Haag-Turner American Legion Post #90 of Algona. Visitation was 9 a.m. until service time Saturday, June 15, at Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Charles Henry Joens, the son of Henry and Esther (Bollinger) Joens, was born on June 2, 1927, in Havelock. Charles was drafted into the U.S. Army on Feb. 16, 1951. He was stationed in Germany where he served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 5, 1953. He was very proud of his service. On Feb. 28, 1953, Charles was united in marriage to Catherine Walding in Ozark, Ala. The couple moved to Algona where Charles began working for Jack’s OK Tire. Due to back troubles, he started working in automotive part sales at Arnold’s Motor Supply and for Joe Bradley. He later became the manager at Montgomery Ward, retiring in 1984.

Charles was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking. Catherine later taught Charles how to crochet, and he would also help her with her quilting projects.

Left to cherish Charles’s memory are his wife of 66 years, Catherine; children, Michael Joens of Martensdale, Timothy (Luanne) Joens of Saginaw, Texas, Bruce (Brenda) Joens of Lawton, Okla., and Marion (Albert) Ostrander of Martensdale; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Alene Dean of Fairfield, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lois Joens; parents, Henry and Esther Joens; brothers, Richard Hovey, Harold Hovey and Gerald Joens; sisters, Alberta Simpson, Dorothy Otto and Margie Otto; and great-granddaughter, Genevieve Hope Joens.

Charles’s family would like to thank the VA hospital, Good Samaritan in Indianola and the St. Croix hospice care givers.

The Lentz Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be left at

Kossuth County Advance

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Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

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