Charles E. Poland, 73, of Quincy, IL, died Friday, September 13, 2013, at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, IL. His walk on earth is done - today he is with the Lord.
Born August 4, 1940 in Keokuk, IA, he was the son of Glenn C. Poland and L. Juanita Poland. On July 15, 1962, he married Norma I. Cronk in Burlington, IA.
Mr. Poland worked as a Professional Engineer (Structural/Civil), starting in 1963 at Black & Veatch Engineering, Kansas City, MO, 3 years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island, IL, 8 years with Sherman Smith & Assoc., Burlington, IA, 10 years as a partner in Midland Architects, Inc., Burlington, IA, 4 years with Carl A. Nelson & Company, Burlington, IA, and 12 years self employed as Charles E. Poland Engineering Consultant, Burlington, IA.
He retired in 2000, but continued to use his abilities to help others. He volunteered for 3 months at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO, from 1984 To present he served on the Board of Directors of the United Presbyterian Home in Washington, IA, he always found time to serve the Church, doing work projects at First Presbyterian and First Christian in Burlington, IA and at Faith Presbyterian in Quincy, IL. He enjoyed hiking in the woods, riding his motorcycle, reading a good book, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He graduated from Burlington High School in 1958, attended Burlington Junior College and received a B.S. degree from Iowa State University, Ames, IA, in 1963.
He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Iowa Society of Engineers and had served as president of the SE Iowa chapter.
Survivors include his wife, Norma; three sons: David S. (Denise) Poland of Quincy, IL, Michael E. (Lisa) Poland of Minneapolis, MN, and Gregory T. (Kimberly) Poland of Joshua Tree, CA; three grandsons: Benjamin D. Poland of Quincy, IL, Matthew S. Poland of Fort Collins, CO, and Dylan Thomas of Minneapolis, MN; one granddaughter, Alex Thomas of Minneapolis, MN; four sisters: Delores (Bob) Witte of West Point, IA, Marilyn McGinity of New London, IA, Karon (Bill) Belcher of Burlington, IA, and Beverly (Frank) Myllo of Lakewood, CA; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clarence G. Poland; and two sisters, Laquita Joy Brown and Carol Brissey.
Memorial services for Charles E. Poland will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church, Quincy, IL, on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Rod Bakker and Rev. Kevin McGinnis will officiate. Private interment of ashes will be in Long Creek Cemetery, Danville, Iowa. The family will receive friends at the Faith Presbyterian Church, Quincy, IL, on Tuesday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. A memorial has been established to the United Presbyterian Home in Washington, IA. Condolences may be left at www.prughfuneralservice.com.