Graveside services for Charles were held at the Summit Hill Cemetery in Pocahontas on Saturday, January 12, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Hope United Methodist Church in Pocahontas. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Charles Ralph Mayo was born August 6, 1923 at Washington, Iowa. 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, Iowa for two years 1947-48. He 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.
Chuck is survived by two children, Dennis (Rhonda) of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, Diane Johnson (Mark) of Emmetsburg, Iowa, two grandchildren Carrie N. Larson (Ryan), Farmington, Minnesota and Joel A. Johnson (Jessica), LeMars, Iowa 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.
"Dennis and Diane,
We just learned of your fathers passing. We lived next door to them for a short while in Pocahontas. We treasure memories of both your parents. I remember the small stuffed animals and toys that they would bring out when our children were visiting. They were great neighbors and great people and will be missed.
Paul and Nancy Berte"
"I have very fond memories of Chuck. His trombone playing and that beautiful bass voice will forever be in my memory of him. He was a great friend to my parents. My deepest sympathies to Denny and Diane and families.