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February
24
2021

Dad's Obituary

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.

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February
23
2021

Dad's Funeral Arrangements

Following are the preliminary funeral arrangements. I will edit this post as I have additional or updated information:

In death as in life, Dad's focus remains his love for the family and friends that richly blessed his life.  Accordingly, he has requested that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in remembrance of him.

Visitation

* Please dress casual and comfortable!
Friday 2/26/2021
4 pm to 7 pm
First Reformed Church
512 Summit St
Sanborn, IA 51248


Funeral Service:

* Please dress casual and comfortable!
Saturday 2/27/2021
2:30 pm
First Reformed Church
512 Summit St
Sanborn, IA 51248

Funeral services will be provided by Sanborn & Hartley Funeral Homes 
https://sanborn-hartleyfuneralhomes.com/

February
22
2021

February 22, 2021

Heaven gained a great man this afternoon.  Today our lives have been profoundly changed, but we are all better people for having Chuck as our father, grandfather, brother, uncle, husband, and friend.  Until we meet again, rest in peace Dad.  Your spirit will live strong in us and guide us.

Funeral arrangements will be posted as they are determined.

February
21
2021

February 21

I know that Dad has a lot of people that care for him and are checking here for updates, but this one will be short and likely the last update for today.  Neurologist consulted Jacque, Ryan, and I on the latest MRI. It shows evidence of another stroke.  It greatly changes long term prognosis in a negative direction.

February
21
2021

February 21 - Morning Update - A quiet Saturday night

Update as of 8:15 am Sunday.  Dad had a quiet night.  He remains on full sedation (2 types), pain medication, and the ventilator.  They performed an additional MRI last evening.  Preliminary report from the MRI technician indicated no new (or expanded) damage and no indication of anything that may be causing the stress & agitation that Dad is experiencing when the vent and sedation are removed for prolonged periods.  The neurologist will provide an official opinion on the new MRI results later today.  Plan for today is to remain on full sedation and vent in order to continue to rest. 

2 Cor 12:9-10

February
20
2021

February 20 - Mid-day update

A difficult evening continued into a difficult morning for Dad.  Dad is able to recognize people and questions, but the discomfort/agitation makes it hard from him to respond or rest.  After Jacque and I arrived, his heart rate spiked and blood pressure dropped quickly.  The medical team attached a defibrillator, but did NOT need to use it -- they were able to restore normal heart rate and BP through the use of medicine.  After the stress of the past 3 days, the plan is to let him rest this weekend (on the ventilator, and on 2 forms of sedations as well as pain medicine) -- and then resume the process of working him off the sedation & ventilator on Monday.  They want to use the weekend to provide the body with the rest and strength to begin that difficult process in 2 days.  Dad is resting peacefully now -- this may be the last update for today. 

February
20
2021

February 20 - Morning Update

Got a call from the hospital at 1 am this morning that Dad's nighttime breathing difficulties and agitation became too much again last night and they had to reinstall the ventilator and breathing tube. 

February
20
2021

February 19, 2021

Friday 2/19 was a good DAY for Dad, but it is starting off as another difficult NIGHT.  The ventilator and breathing tube were re-removed this morning.  Dad's breathing was good all day.  Jacque reported that he was awake, alert, and responsive throughout the day.  Jacque and Dad's nurse both reported that he spoke in response to questions, squeezed hands and wiggled toes in response to commands throughout the day.  However, when I arrived at  6:30 pm, Dad was much less responsive and much more agitated.  In speaking with the Neurologist at 7 pm, he feels that this may be a process of "good days / bad nights" that will occur for the next several days in order to work all of the sedation, lack of "good" rest, and stress out of his body.   Liver and kidney functions remain high (slightly higher than yesterday).