Charles William “Charlie” Besler – Dundee

Charles William “Charlie” Besler, 85, of Dundee, Iowa, passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. He was born on November 28, 1934, in Iowa, the son of Harold and Viola (Gasper) Besler. Charlie was raised and educated in the Lamont area and was a 1953 graduate of Lamont High School. Charlie joined the United States Army on July 9, 1957 and was honorably discharged on June 29, 1959.

On January 22, 1972, Charlie was united in marriage to Mary Ann Manchester in Oelwein. They lived and farmed together near Dundee. Charlie worked for the Iowa DOT and Backbone State Park. Mary Ann passed away on August 3, 2006.

Charlie married Audrey Farrell on November 13, 2008. Charlie was an avid conservationist. He enjoyed planting trees and fishing. He also loved feeding birds.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Besler of Dundee; and three nieces, Lisa, Dana, and Niki.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Ann Besler; and two brothers, Nicholas and John Adolf Besler.

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According to his wishes, Charlie was cremated. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Strawberry Point is assisting the family.


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