Charles E. Poland

Died: Fri., Sep. 13, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 17, 2013
Location: Faith Presbyterian Church

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Wed., Sep. 18, 2013
Location: Faith Presbyterian Church

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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

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Bonnie and Elwin Kendell
   Posted Sun September 15, 2013
Norma and family, we were sorry to read of Chuck's passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Bonnie and Elwin

Dwight and Cathy Brown
   Posted Sun September 15, 2013
Norma-So sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. You were both missed at the class reunion.

Jena Terrell-Blair House Activity Director
   Posted Mon September 16, 2013
Norma, I am so sorry to her about your husband Chuck. He was a very nice man. I enjoyed getting to know him when he visited your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you at the difficult time.

Peggy Armstrong
   Posted Mon September 16, 2013
sorry to hear about chuck its been along time since I've seen you wondered how you was doing

Karen Wilson
   Posted Mon September 16, 2013
Norma and family,

I was sad and surprised to hear of Chuck's passing. Since he left Carl A. Nelson & Company, I have had no contact with him or the family. Just want you to know you all are in my thoughts and prayers and I know he will be dearly missed. He was a very kind man and I really enjoyed working with him. I hope you all find peace in knowing that he is with our Lord now.

Mary Shannon
   Posted Mon September 16, 2013
Norma, Greg, & Family,
So shocked & sorry to hear about Chucks passing. Wonderful e-mail from Greg explaining his illness. I am planning on attending either visitation or funeral. Have had the flu the last couple days so don't know if that will happen. Talked with Ed & if he can make arrangements for kids he will come with me. May you feel Gods loving arms around you during this difficult time. My heart goes out to you!

Mary Shannon

Larry Moore
   Posted Mon September 16, 2013

TABLE BASKET was sent by Larry and Janice Moore.

God Bless You --Rest in Peace Larry and Janice Moore

Marty Grimshaw
   Posted Tue September 17, 2013
Norma and family, was so sorry to hear about Chucks passing. Wanted you to know you are def in our thoughts and prayers. We were just in St. Louis and read the wonderful e-mail Greg had sent out to his friends. Think of you guys often and especially when we drive up Main St. and see your house. May God bless all of you during this sad time. Marty and George Grimshaw

Ruth Johnson
   Posted Tue September 17, 2013
Norma and family, I'm sorry to here that Charles passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

David and Inez Metzger
   Posted Sat September 21, 2013
Dear Norma & family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We were unable to attend the funeral as we were out of town in northern Iowa. David had a good conversation with Chuck over lunch not long ago in Burlington. David always considered Chuck a mentor as not only was he a good engineer but a great family person that we all looked up to. We can think of no other person representing a life well lived. We hope to see you around to say "Hi!"

Love, David and Inez

Sarah Hill
   Posted Sun September 22, 2013
Norma, Dave, Mike, Greg and families,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Chuck! I will always have fond memories of him and how he helped to shape my faith through his Sunday School class. He will be missed greatly! Praying for all of you at this time!

Sarah Meyers Hill, (Larry and Eva Lou's daughter)

Jean Robertson and R.L.
   Posted Thu September 26, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. He was a very intelligent and gentleman. We served for many years on the UP Home Board in Washington, Iowa. He will be greatly missed.

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