Charlene M. King – Independence

Charlene M. King, 89, of Independence, IA died on Saturday April 25, 2020 at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, IA. 

Charlene was born on April 1, 1931 in Stacyville, IA, the daughter of Carl H. and Margaret G. (Gaffey) Brown. She was a 1949 graduate of Visitation High School in Staceyville, IA. Following her graduation, she worked at the lumberyard in Stacyville for three years, until she married Robert Ray Lorenzen in 1952. They moved throughout Iowa following Robert’s job with the railroad, and together they raised two children. For a short time, they lived in Manchester, IA where she worked as a substitute teacher. The couple later divorced in 1963. In 1965; Charlene and her children made their home in Independence, IA, and in 1966 she married Joe M. King. They continued to live in Independence; together they raised Charlene’s children and together they had a son. She worked for the Pinicion Hotel during the 1970’s and later as a cashier at the State Liquor Store both in Independence. 

Charlene is survived by her children; Cynthia Barenz, Independence, Randal (Lisa) Lorenzen, Independence, and David (Melissa Craig) King, Grandview, MO, five grandchildren; Nicole Barenz, Kelli Lehs, Stephanie (Chris) Brewer, Jeff (Amber) Lorenzen, and Courtney Knig, five great grandchildren; Alana Barenz, Miranda Brewer, Landon Brewer, Kylie Lorenzen, and Easton Lorenzen, a brother, Richard (Becky) Brown, Stacyville, IA, and several nieces and nephews 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Margaret Brown, her husband, Joe King, a brother James Brown, a sister, Judith Wilko, and a brother-in-law, Dominic Wilko. 

Due to the Covid -19 Pandemic a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date in Stacyville, IA. 

The Reiff Family Center of Independence is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave an on-line condolence please go to under obituaries.