Charles Hewlett

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Independence - Rev. Charles B. Hewlett, 76, of Independence, died Saturday, Oct. 24, at West Village Care Center in Independence following a short illness.
He was born on May 26, 1933, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Willard Merriam and Michal Amanda Caroline (Rutherford) Hewlett, Sr.
He graduated from high school in Hutchinson, Kan., and on April 12, 1953, he and the former Esther Annalee Bland were married in Hutchinson, Kan. Rev. Hewlett then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, he graduated (in 1960) from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill.
Rev. Hewlett was six years old when his father became a minister. Rev. Hewlett entered the ministry on June 10, 1960. He and his family moved to Iowa in 1964 and he started preaching at the Pine Creek Mission Baptist Church (rural Independence) in November of 1965. He continued there for thirty-nine and a half years. Then, at the age of 71, he became an associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Independence. During his ministry, Rev. Hewlett also led services and/or Bible Studies at East Towne Care Center, West Village Care Center, the Buchanan County Health Center LTC, and Prairie Hills Assisted Living, all in Independence. He also was a volunteer for Pastoral Care at Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
Rev. Hewlett also owned and operated Raymond Printing in Independence from 1972 to 1995. He was a member of the Sheehan-Tidball American Legion Post #30 and the First Baptist Church, both in Independence.
As he aged, he may have slowed down, but he never retired. Rev. Hewlett is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ann; four daughters: Michal "Mickey" (Derrell, Jr.) Scott and Rachel (Randy) Salow, both of Independence, Sarah (Andy) Bixler of Waterloo, and Mary (Jeff) Lenz of Iowa City; and three sons: Willard "Bill" Hewlett of Marshalltown; Mark (Tracy) Hewlett of Iowa City, and Tim (Jennie) Hewlett of San Antonio, Texas. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren: Travis Scott, Jodie Betterton, Rana Schulmeister, Henry Garren, AnnaLee Hollingsworth, Babette Resch, James Lenz, Bryce Hewlett, Micah Hewlett, Emily Hewlett, Caleb Hewlett, Hannah Hewlett, Bethany Hewlett, Erin Masterson, Lauren Hewlett, and Kalyn Hewlett; four step-grandchildren, Ray Salow, Andrew Salow, Quinn Salow, and John Bixler; nine great-grandchildren, Johnathan Betterton, Scott Betterton, Michael Betterton, Isabelle Scott, Jessica Schulmeister, Jacob Schulmeister, Emma Hollingsworth, Noa Hewlett, and Kyrsten Masterson; two step-great-grandchildren, Kolsie Bixler and Drew Bixler; and 1 sister, Michal Louise (Edward) Roch of Chicago, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Elizabeth Hewlett, one son, Charles B. Hewlett, Jr., one brother, and two sisters.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Independence with Dr. David A. Larson and Rev. Mike Townsley officiating. Honorary Casket Bearers were Caleb Hewlett and Henry Garren. Casket Bearers were Jimmy Lenz, Travis Scott, Bryce Hewlett, Micah Hewlett, David Grant and Randy Johnson.
Burial was in Pine Creek Cemetery in rural Independence. Online condolences may be left at A Memorial Fund has been established. Visit our guestbook at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on Oct. 28, 2009