January 3, 2014


Charles Smouse, 86, of Scranton, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.

Funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at United Methodist Church in Scranton with Rev. Lynn Gunderson officiating.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, until service time at the church. Lula Garnes will serve as organist. Casketbearers are Randy Calvert, Colton Calvert, Ethan Calvert, Doug Sukovaty, Gib Sukovaty and Lyle Brinker. Honorary casket bearers will be Tim Smouse and Charles' nephews.

Burial will be in the Scranton Township Cemetery. Military Honors will be by the American Legion.

Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Clayton Smouse was born near Coon Rapids on March 17, 1927 to Don and Emma (Rhubee) Smouse. Charles attended country school southwest of Coon Rapids and graduated from Viola Center. He was in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946. After Charles was discharged, he farmed with his father.

On Sept. 15, 1950, Charles was united in marriage with Marlene Olson in Duluth, Minn. To this union three children were born: Tim, Jeanette and Nancy. Charles continued to farm near Coon Rapids until 1959 when he and Marlene moved to Scranton, where they continued farming until the late '90s. They moved to Scranton in 1992.

Charles was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gideons and Odd Fellow (60-year member).

His interests included woodworking, fishing trips to Minnesota, playing cards and being with family and friends. Charles especially enjoyed day road trips to "anywhere" with his pal, Gene Sukovaty.

Charles is survived by his wife Marlene Smouse, of Scranton; son Tim Smouse, of Delhi; two daughters Jeanette McGreevy, of Des Moines and Nancy Calvert and husband Randy, of St. Charles; and two grandsons Colton Calvert and Ethan Calvert. Charles is also survived by his brother, Harold Smouse, and wife Maxine of Coon Rapids.

Charles was preceded in death by: his parents, Don and Emma Smouse; brothers, Jake, Donald, Fritz and Dale; sisters Jessie and Thelma; and an infant son, Scott.