Charles Morton Cobb passed away Thursday, December 24, 2009, in the loving care of his family and staff at Marian Home and Trinity Hospice.
He was born November 5, 1916 on the home farm two miles south of Blockton, Iowa and spent his entire life in the community except for four years in the Air Force. He attended Brush College rural school and graduated from Blockton high school in 1932 at the age of 15.
He was drafted into the military in 1942 and served as an airplane electrical mechanic with the 673rd Bomb Squadron in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations until 1946. In 2008 he was presented with the Philippine World War II medal and certificate from the Office of Veterans Affairs, Embassy of the Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. He also received a state of Iowa certificate of recognition for bravery in the field of battle in the Philippines during World War II signed by Governor Thomas Vilsack. The Filipino-American Association of Iowa also presented him a certificate of recognition for bravery and sacrifice in the liberation of the Philippines.
In 1943 he married Cleta Maudlin of Wichita Falls, Texas. After discharge they returned to Blockton and bought the acreage they named Hill ‘n Dale Farm. Cleta passed away in 1976 and he married Laura Ann Renslow in 1985. She passed away in 2002. He resided on the farm until August 2006 when he moved to Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, then to the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home and later to the Marian Home, both located in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
He attended Tent Chapel Church of Christ all his life and served as an elder and regularly gave edifying scriptural lessons. An important part of his life was church work and farming with his brother, Dean. He carried on a sizeable farming and livestock operation on land owned and rented in the area. He was active in Farm Bureau and other farm-related businesses and organizations. He always used conservation and soil preservation practices to maintain fullest productivity of the land. For 45 years he served as Clinton township clerk in Ringgold county.
Preceding him in death were parents Glenn and Grace Goforth Cobb; wife Cleta (Maudlin); wife Laura Ann (Renslow); son-in-law Kenn Patterson and sister-in-law Evelyn Cobb.
Charles is survived by his four children and their families, Roberta Milinsky of Urbandale, Iowa; Anita Patterson of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Galen (Kathy) Cobb of Sugar Land, Texas and Marla (David) Fetters of Pleasant Hill, Iowa; one brother, Dean (Marietta) Cobb of Blockton, Iowa; six grandchildren, Ryan (Amber) Patterson, Anjee (Phil) Dencklau, Brad (Christina) Cobb, Jeff Cobb, Alissa (Ian) Garbi and Kara Fetters, and four great-grandchildren.
A vacation highlight was a trip to France and Switzerland in 1985. He helped with the family vegetable and fruit gardens and various school projects for his children. Holidays were always spent with his children and their families and while at Clearview Home they made weekly visits to take him to Tent Chapel Church of Christ on Sundays.
Funeral services were held at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, MO on Monday, December 28, 2009 with burial following at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton. Memorials may be left to Tent Chapel Church of Christ, Blockton, Iowa.