Charles Hart

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Rev. Charles Melvin Hart, 89, formerly of Denver, died Thursday, July 22, 2010, at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm, Minn.
Charles was born on May 20, 1921, in Chicago, the son of Joseph R. and Elsie (Ebel) Hart. Charles grew up on the west side of Chicago and in 1938, graduated from Austin High School. Following graduation, he went to Wartburg College, Waverly, graduating in 1944 with a bachelor degree in history. He then began at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, completing in May 1946. On February 10, 1945, Charles was united in marriage to Mildred Beisner at Zion Lutheran Church in Readlyn, Iowa. Together they served congregations at Christ Lutheran Church of Nauvoo, Ill.; Zion Lutheran Church Jubilee of LaPorte City; and St. John Lutheran Church of Arlington. They then moved to Independence, Iowa where he served as Chaplain at the Mental Health Institute as well as developed a program of clinical pastoral education.
After 30 years of full-time ministry, institutional chaplaincy and the training of over 500 students, Charles retired in July of 1986 and moved to Denver. He continued to serve as a chaplain in several programs including Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, and interim ministries at Jubilee, Jesup, Independence, Dundee and Lamont.
Charles is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Mildred of New Ulm; their children and their spouses: Ruth (Stephen) Goldenstein of Aurora; Daniel (Beverly) Hart of Northwood; Stephen (Vivian) Hart of Roseville, Minn.; David (Zetta) Hart of Clayton; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Charles was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Robert, Merle, and Joseph (Pat).
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Denver, with private burial in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Readlyn. There will be no public visitation. On-line condolences may be left for the family at Memorials may be directed to EWALU Chapel Fund and can be sent to Ruth Goldenstein, 5673 30th St., Aurora, Iowa, 50607. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is in charge of arrangements. 319-984-5379
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Aug. 3 to Aug. 7, 2010