DAKOTA CITY – Charles Gerd Harris, 63, was called Home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 11, 2015, surrounded by his family. Service was held Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church in Humboldt, with Pastor Aaron Flatau officiating. Visitation was at Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt. Private burial for family was in Marble Valley Cemetery, at Gilmore City.
Charles Gerd Harris, the son of Lloyd Charles and Helen Marie (Rosendahl) Harris, was born on October 3, 1952 at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Dodge, IA. He was Baptized into the Christian Faith on Nov. 3, 1952 at First Lutheran Church in Gilmore City, by Rev. Steege. His grandparents, Gerd and Ecke (Janssen) Rosendahl served as sponsors. He was the first grandson to be named after his Grandpa Rosendahl. He Confirmed his Faith on May 25, 1969 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran in Humboldt, by Rev. Paul Otto. Chuck, as he was known to his family was raised and educated in Dakota City; graduating from Humboldt High School in 1972. During high school he worked for the Bee Barn in Dakota City. He later worked as a Welder, and for a time served as Town Marshal for the town of Thor. Charles was united in Holy Matrimony with Donella Ann Hacker on Dec. 6, 1975 at Zion Lutheran Church in Humboldt; three children Blessed this union: Rebecca, Darrick, and Cynthia. They made their home in Dakota City. In his youth he was active in Boy Scouts and FFA. He enjoyed animals, camping, horses, motorcycles, trains, westerns, and anything outdoors. He was as equally gifted indoors from cooking and sewing, to carpentry. He enjoyed his family, spending time with them, and family reunions. He especially treasured and adored his grandchildren. He also appreciated the constant companionship of his dog, Jewel.
Charles is Lovingly Remembered by his children: Becky Harris-Peterson of Dakota City; Darrick Harris of Dakota City; and Cindy Harris-Miller of Bode. His grandchildren: Heather Peterson, and Jacob and Aubri Miller. His former wife and friend: Donella Hacker of Dakota City; his beloved and faithful four legged companion, Jewel; his aunts; uncles; and a host of cousins, relatives, and friends. Charles joins in Heaven his parents, Lloyd and Helen; his grandparents, and many other Loved Ones.
He was a member of the German Lutheran Church. He was a former member of First Lutheran Church in Gilmore City, and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt. “No Guilt in life, no fear in death, This is the power of Christ in me; From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny, No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from his hand; Till He returns or calls me Home, Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.” “Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on, When we shall be forever with the Lord. When disappointment, grief and fear are gone, Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored. Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past, All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.” Memorials to the discretion of the family.