Charles Van Alst

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Charles Van Alst, of Holiday Island, died Thursday, October 28 at his home.

He was born Dec. 8, 1929 in Oskaloosa, Iowa to Gabel and Winifred Williams Van Alst. He attended school in Eddyville and graduated from Eddyville High School in 1947. He married Beverly Mullenix on October 20, 1951.

A resident of the Ottumwa region most of his life, he was employed with Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. for more than 25 years until his retirement in 1980.

He was a member of the Holiday Island Community Church and was active in the Eureka Springs Meals on Wheels. He was a long time member of the Masonic Order.

Surviving are his wife, Beverly; son, Dan Van Alst of Holiday Island; daughter Linda (Greg) Gardner of Ottumwa; seven grandchildren, Tracy Davis of Chicago, Ill., Adam Davis of Eddyville, Iowa, Robin Fitzgerald of Plattsmouth, Neb., Cinthia Van Alst of Scottsdale, Ariz., Charles James Van Alst II, of Las Vegas, Neb., Grant Gardner of Laramie, Wyo. and Tayna Gardner of Athens, Ga. eight great-grandchildren; sister, Alice Klyn of Ottumwa; brother, George Van Alst of Des Moines and brother, Ron Van Alst, of Given, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Christina Van Alst Davis, and a sister, Mary Anne Funk.

Funeral services were held at Holiday Island Community Church. Interment of ashes will be at Holiday Island Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to the Holiday Island Community Church or Carroll County Hospice, Berryville, Ark.

A Celebration of Life service is being scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend in Ottumwa, Iowa. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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