Kenneth L. Carr, 88, Charles City

Kenneth L. Carr went to be with the Lord Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Home.

A funeral service for Kenneth Carr will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018 at Bethany Alliance Church in Charles City, Iowa with Pastor Val Swinton officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

Visitation will be at Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018 and will continue one hour before the service at the church on Friday.

Carr was born January 18, 1930, with a twin, Keith, sons of Gladys and Howard Carr, in the Bunns Woods, north of Carrville. It was living there that his mother pointed out the North Star to him. He had a lifetime interest in the nighttime sky. Carr attended country schools at Carrville and Powersville and graduated from Charles City High School in 1948. After high school, he farmed with his dad and went into the Army in 1952, serving with the 82nd airborne division, until 1954. He later graduated from Iowa State in 1961. In 1960, he married Patricia Kuempel, his wife of nearly 58 years.

In 1982, Carr started his lawn care business. In 1985, Ken and his brother, Allen, became partners in business with the care of Salsbury Laboratories and the chem plant grounds. This partnership lasted for 25 years until the death of Allen. Kenneth continued on 2 years before downsizing on his own to the remaining commercial properties. He continued on with his business until age 86, a year before living in the nursing home.

Carr was a longtime member of the Floyd Lions Club. He served on the Charles City School board for 9 years, where it was his great pleasure to hand all of his children their high school diplomas. He also served as Floyd County Democratic chairman for 4 years; as trustee for Floyd County Memorial Hospital for 9 years; and on the Floyd City Council for 8 years. He was very active in his children’s lives as a little league coach and 4-H leader.

Carr is survived by his wife, Pat; daughter, Valerie (Leland) Freie; sons: Mark (Jennifer), H. David, and Chris (Heather); grandchildren: Theodore, Maria, and Eli, Natalia, Emiline, and Kienna Carr; brother, Marvin (Mitzi); sister, Alice Larson; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Carr was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Gladys Carr; brothers: Myron, H. Allen, and Keith; and a nephew, George Carr.

Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, is in charge of local arrangements.  Online condolences may be left for the family at


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