Stevens Memorial Chapel

607 28th Street, Ames, IA


Charles Clarence Habing

June 18, 1934August 10, 2020

Charles “Chuck” Clarence Habing, 86, of Ames, passed away on Monday August 10, 2020 in Ames. Charles Clarence Habing was born on June 18, 1934 to Fredrick and Amelia (Laux) Habing in Altamont, Illinois. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War on the USS Wasp from 1952- 1956 and then graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois in 1963 where he earned his degree in mechanical engineering. He went on to work in quality assurance at Sundstrand (now Danfoss) in Rockford, Illinois; LaSalle, Illinois and Ames, Iowa. He retired from Sauer Sundstrand after nearly 30 years. Chuck met Nancy Louise Grise from Kankakee, IL on a blind date that his sister Jean had set up. Ten months later on May 15, 1965 they were married, celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary this year. Chuck and Nancy have two daughters, Michale (Scott) Hansen and Margaret (Bruce) Martin. Even after retirement Chuck remained active and worked at Ace Hardware. He enjoyed working the election polls, was a graduate of the Ames Citizen’s Policy Academy, and was thrilled to be a part of the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in 2009. He was strong in his faith and was highly involved at St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church where he was a member for almost 50 years. He enjoyed counting offering money on Monday mornings, helping with Lenten fish suppers, and serving on the parish council. He was active in the Knights of Columbus as a fourth degree knight. He also had the opportunity to see Pope John Paul II in October of 1979 at Living History Farms which he considered a highlight in his life. In his spare time he truly enjoyed working in the yard and tinkering in his garage; visiting with his neighbors, being challenged by a good Sudoku and Word Find puzzle; playing Euchre, Pinochle, rummy (which he never lost at!) and, most recently, Kings in the Corner with his daughter Michale. He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Michale (Scott) Hansen, of Ames and grandsons Nathan (Emily) Hansen of Van Meter, IA and Ian Hansen of West Des Moines, IA. Daughter Margaret (Bruce) Martin of West Branch, IA and grandsons Ben and Will Martin of Iowa City, IA. Brother Ronnie (Vera) Habing of Wilmington, IL, his sister Jean (Richard) Skelly of Kankakee, IL, his brother Tom (Sherry) Habing of Rockford, IL., his sister-in-law Pam Habing of Milford, IL., brother-in-law Richard Grise from Kankakee, IL, sister-in-law Mary Grise from Bradley, IL., sister-in-law Theresa Kyrouac of Bradley, IL and brother-in-law Jim Grise of Kankakee, IL. in addition to many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick and Amelia Habing, brother Pat Habing, sister-in-law Maureen Habing, sister-in-law Tina Grise, brother-in-laws David Grise and Roger Grise, and three nieces Sheila Habing, Lisa Grise and Colleen Habing. A mass of Christian burial for family and friends will be held at 2p.m. Saturday, August 15, 2020, at St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church in Ames. The service will also be livestreamed on Stevens Memorial Chapel Facebook page. A grave site gathering at Ames Municipal Cemetery will follow immediately after the mass at 3:30p.m. There will not be any visitation. Guests will be required to wear masks and social distance as per the CDC guidelines for everyone’s safety.


  • Scott Hansen, Casket Bearer
  • Ian Hansen, Casket Bearer
  • Will Martin, Casket Bearer
  • Ben Martin, Casket Bearer
  • Bruce Martin, Casket Bearer


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, August 15, 2020


Charles Clarence Habing

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Laura Knowles

August 19, 2020

I only met Charles once, he was so nice and pleasant! I went to nursing school with Margaret and she was such a great person! Sending love and prayers to her and all of the family during this difficult time.

Laura Lyons Knowles

Bill and Julie Haas

August 14, 2020

Nancy and family,
We are sorry to hear of Chuck's passing.
He was a good man and will be missed.
Surely, God is welcoming him into His home with open arms.
Your home was a highlight for the St. Cecilia Home Ministers who visited you and Chuck on Sundays the past couple of years.
With sympathy and prayers,
Bill and Julie Haas and
St. Cecilia Home-bound Ministers

Jeanne Gehm

August 14, 2020

Dear Nancy and Family, I was very saddened to hear of Chuck’s passing. He was a wonderful, happy, and thoughtful person—always had a comment and a smile. Jack and I were very fortunate getting to know you both when we all came to Ames with Sundstrand. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Deacon Mark and Melissa Bortle

August 14, 2020

Nancy and family. We are both saddened to hear of Chuck’s passing. We miss seeing him at mass and enjoyed having the both of you as friends and neighbors. Our prayers and blessings are with you.

Diana Weber

August 13, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy and family! Chuck was always a joy to be around. He never said no to helping out at church, running the dishwasher for funerals, counting money on Monday mornings even if some days there would be up to 6 bags to count, and having a smile when you walk in at a fish fry. It was a pleasure to bring Chuck and Nancy communion on Sundays. I always planned for a "little " extra time. May he rest in peace!

Diana Shonrock

August 13, 2020

What a wonderful person!! Chuck was always there when you needed someone and he never looked for the glory jobs. Nothing was more fun than working in the kitchen at church when Chuck was running the dish washer or running into him when he was finishing counting the money on Monday mornings when I was coming to church for Adoration. Always had a great joke---wish I could remember jokes, but I never know the punchline---he does. I will miss his joy and know that this will be difficult for all of you. You are in my prayers,

Lois Lehmkuhl

August 13, 2020

Nancy, I was saddened to read of Chuck’s death. He and you have been such willing parish and community workers. Chuck always had a smile or a pleasant word for he was truly one of the “good ones”; he enriched my life and will be missed. Eternal rest grant to him.

Mike and Marie Schropp

August 12, 2020

We are so very sorry for your loss. Chuck was a kind man and good friend, and he will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to Nancy and the family.


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