In loving memory of

Christopher 'Chris' Carl
May 21, 1952 - March 16, 2023

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Christopher 'Chris' Carl, 70, of Muscatine, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at the University of Iowa.

Celebration of life will be at a later date. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family in care of his wife, Peggy Ann. Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Chris was born on May 21, 1952, in Muscatine, the son of Deacon Robert Carl Sr. and Maryrose T. Brown Carl. He married Peggy Ann Schmelzer on October 2, 1978, in Muscatine.

Chris was a Veteran of the United States Army and served 3 years in Germany during the Vietnam War. He worked at Monsanto in maintenance and retired after 38 years.

He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed target shooting. He loved watching and collecting movies and loved his family, especially his grandchildren and his great grandson.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Ann; children, Sara Kauffman (Michael Lihs) from Wapello, Sandi Jones from Muscatine, and Brian Carl (Nicole) from Muscatine; grandchildren, Trey, Anthony, Jobi, Jace, and Matthew; great grandson, Isaiah; siblings, Robert Carl Jr. (Su) from Hawaii, Greg Carl (Peggy Sue) from Davenport, Tony Carl (Deb) from Muscatine, and Amy Brockert (Jim) from Muscatine; several nieces and nephews; brother in laws, Michael Safley (Beverly) from Muscatine and David Safley from Muscatine.

Chris is preceded in death by his parents; and sister in-law, Patricia Safley.


Kathy Tobias wrote on Mar 18, 2023:

"Peggy so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time."

Barb Griffith wrote on Mar 18, 2023:

"Peggy, I'm so sorry for your loss. Chris was always so kind and happy every time I I had the chance to see him. I know he was a wonderful person who will be sorely missed. Sending you my love and prayers.."

Kathy (Koenigsaecker) Kasson wrote on Mar 17, 2023:

"I'm so sorry for your loss Peggy. And for the loss of your brother Amy. "

Randy Porter wrote on Mar 17, 2023:

"I worked with Chris at Monsanto. There is only one way to describe Chris. He was awesome. He was the happiest guy I ever met. He was excellent at every thing he did. He was a joy to be around. It was an honor to know him. "

Scott Allen Canady wrote on Mar 17, 2023:

"Sad loss. I enjoyed knowing Chris as a co-worker and a dear friend. I will miss our chats and extremely thankful for the ones we did have. He might have towered over people but his heart was pure and full of love. RIP Chris. Miss and love you always. "

Heidi Anderson wrote on Mar 17, 2023:

"So sorry to hear of Chris? passing, all of the family is in my prayers. Chris was a great guy to work with."

sherry curry wrote on Mar 17, 2023:

"So very sorry for your loss, Peggy. "