Chuck’s Story

Site created on February 14, 2021

We will use this site to provide updates  on Chuck Comstock as we are able. Here is a short background:  Dad was transported to Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls on Tuesday Feb 2nd after experiencing chest pain.  Testing revealed that he had blockages in multiple coronary arteries.  Plan was to install 2 stents in a procedure on Feb 5th.  Procedure did not go as smoothly as planned.  During the procedure, plaque from the artery walls dislodged and traveled to the heart; stopping the heart.  Dad was revived and had a balloon pump installed to assist the heart.  In total, 4 stents were installed during a long procedure on Feb 5th.  As a result of the events that occurred during this procedure, Dad was placed on a balloon pump (to assist heart), full sedation, and a ventilator (to assist the respiratory system).  In the days after the procedure, heart functioning returned to normal and the balloon pump was removed -- heart continues to function normally and strong.  On Feb 9th, a CT Scan revealed that Dad had suffered a stroke (likely during the Feb 5th procedure).   An MRI was performed Feb 10th to determine a more detailed diagnosis regarding the stroke(s).  As of Friday Feb 12 (one week after the stent procedure), Dad remains on sedation and remains on the ventilator.  Sedation is adjusted each day (lighter sedation drugs and less total amounts) -- sedation is also removed 1 or 2 times each day to diagnose his recovery.  Respiratory function appears strong, but ventilator will remain in place until sedation can be fully removed, and stroke-related brain trauma can be sufficiently diagnosed and addressed.  Ventilator has been "turned down" over this period, and is "turned off" for a period each day to test progress.  At this point, recovery from the stroke(s) is the focus of treatment.  

With this as a background, we will try to post updates as we receive them.  Thank you for your thoughts, your concerns, and most of all for your prayers!  Dad is a strong man -- and there are still a lot of fish to be caught, grandkids to spoil, wife to share joy with, and sons to be kept in line :) 

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Journal entry by Wade Comstock

Charles “Chuck” Comstock was born on Feb 16, 1945 and passed on to heaven on Feb 22, 2021.  He was the son of Prudence “Prudy” and Eugene Swearingen.  He would never have the opportunity to meet his biological father as he passed away before Chuck was born.  However, in the great fortune that surrounded Chuck’s life, his mother married another remarkable man, John “Jack” Comstock, two years after Chuck’s birth and “Comstock” became his last name.  Being surrounded by love and interesting stories started early in Chuck’s remarkable life.

Chuck was raised by Jack and Prudy in Sanborn, Iowa in home across from the street from the Sanborn city park.  Chuck loved his childhood years in Sanborn and would eventually return to spend his final years there as well.  After high school, he attended Mankato State University and then embarked in a life-long career that involved building relationships and serving other.  During his career he worked for Cap Homes, Triangle Pacific Cabinets, and Iowa Realty.  During these years Chuck and family initially lived in Austin and Rochester, Mn and eventually settled in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area.

Chuck was united in marriage with Irene Odegaard in 1966.  To this union, two sons were born, Wade John Comstock and Ryan Charles Comstock.  In 1999 Chuck married Jacque Comstock who also brought great joy to his life.

In settling back in Sanborn with Jacque, Chuck enjoyed friends new and old.  He loved his coffee club and looked forward to playing pool during the week as well.   He cared about Sanborn’s history and its future and his love for his family overflowed to the townspeople.  Chuck also took pride in his church.

Chuck was proud of all his grandkids.  He was a fan of each one and supported all activities he could attend from sporting events to graduations, and he especially enjoyed celebrating birthdays.  In addition to plenty of presents, Chuck enjoyed giving 2-dollar bills to his grandchildren.  For Christmas Chuck mailed his own custom-made printed out activities direct from the North Pole.  No holiday was complete without Chuck’s puns and grandpa jokes, such as this Thanksgiving classic, “What sound does a turkey’s phone make? … Wing, wing.”

Chuck also loved the Iowa Hawkeyes.  He delighted in rehashing the games over the phone, or even better in person.  Through the years he had several Iowa Hawkeye flags or windsocks that proudly flew in the front yard – even when seasons were a bit rough.  At most of grandkids games, he would keep his own scorecard on a scrap of paper with a stub pencil that he kept in his shirt pocket and could always be depended on to know the score. 

Chuck’s other sport of pure delight was fishing.  He loved fishing and he loved his boat.  The Woman Lake Chain, near Longville, Minnesota, held some of his favorite fishing spots but fishing in general was dear to his heart.  Chuck also loved old fishing lures and the stories of lure companies. 

Chuck is survived by his wife Jacque Comstock, sons Wade (Heather) Comstock and Ryan (Rebecca) Comstock, sister Lynne (Lyle) Yackley, stepsons Chris (Pati) Howard and Ryan (Megan) Howard, grandchildren Carter, Henry, Samuel, Olivia, Harper, Maxwell, and Nashton Comstock, Ethan Groom, Winter Howard, and nieces Lisa Lanphere and Lori (Scott) Lanphere-Kruger.

A visitation is scheduled on Friday February 26th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the First Reformed Church in Sanborn (512 Summit Street).   The funeral service will also be held at the First Reformed Church at 2:30 pm on Saturday February 27th.  For both events, please dress casual and comfortable … that’s how Chuck would have liked it.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in remembrance of Chuck.

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