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Charles R. Mayo

January 15, 2019
Emmetsburg News

A memorial service for Charles R. Mayo of Emmetsburg, formerly from Pocahontas, will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hope?United Methodist Church in Pocahontas. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Graveside service for Mr. Mayo was held Saturday, Jan. 12, at Summit Hill Cemetery in Pocahontas.

The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Ralph Mayo was born Aug. 6, 1923 at Washington, IA. He attended Washington High School and graduated in 1941. He attended Washington Junior College for two years, worked in a ship yard building in California for a year, attended Iowa State University for one year and Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI) for three years, graduating in 1947. He taught at Glidden for two years, 1947-48.

Charles married Irene Bell on July 30, 1948. He was high school principal and instrumental music instructor at Pocahontas from 1949 to 1953. He was Postmaster in Pocahontas from 1953 to 1983, at which time he retired. While he was the Postmaster he continued playing in a band as a professional musician on weekends.

In retirement he was a correspondent for the Fort Dodge Messenger for seven years, served on the Pocahontas City Council for three years, and four years on the Pocahontas County Board of Supervisors.

He was very active in the Presbyterian Church in Pocahontas where he served as an elder, church treasurer, sang in the choir and served on various committees for the Prospect Hill Presbytery the last of which was the Committee on Ministry. He was a charter member of the Pocahontas Community Chorus and also a charter member of the Pocahontas Kiwanis club and served as Lt. Governor for this district for one year. He was a member of the American Legion, having served in the Army Air Corp for a short time in WWII.

Charles Mayo passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at PARC Hall in Emmetsburg at age 95.

Chuck is survived by two children, Dennis (Rhonda) of Indian Harbour Beach, FL, Diane Johnson (Mark) of Emmetsburg; two grandchildren Carrie N. Larson (Ryan), Farmington, MN and Joel A. Johnson (Jessica), LeMars; and four great grandchildren, Logan Larson, Perrin Larson, Samuel Johnson and Cory Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his wife , Irene (Bell) Mayo; parents, Oral and Goldie (Mace) Mayo; two sisters, Edna Norton (Donald) , Betty Jean Randall; and his brother Maurice (Ruth) Mayo.

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