Charles Barnhouse
  • Mahaska Hospice
    Oskaloosa, IA 52577
  • St. James Episcopal Church
    Oskaloosa, IA 52577

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“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Barb and I used to walk to your...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Claudia Smith Batesole - IA

“I'm so sorry about Chuck. I used to work at Casey's in Oskaloosa, and he was such a nice man. He told me one day he liked people to call him by...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Debbie Markham - Pella, IA

“So sorry to hear of your loss. Wish we could be there with you tonight but Glenn is under the weather and unable to make the trip. Many happy...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Glenn Gibson - Montezuma, IA

“My deepest sympathy goes to Chuck's family. Memories of Chuck will remain in my heart as a friendly, smiling and goodlooking cousin. May he rest in...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Martha Porter Ingels - Mesa, AZ

“I was so saddened to receive the news of Chuck's death on Monday morning from Andy Clark. Barnhouse publications have published my "Performing...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: James Coffin - Anaheim Hills,, CA

“Lynn, Ann, and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time! ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Mary(Edwards) Anderson - IA

“Ann, so very sorry to hear about your dad. You've been such a devoted daughter. Remember all the good times you've shared with him. Know that my...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Judy Warrick - ID - Friend

“Lynn and Ann: I was sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I always enjoyed visiting with him when I was at your house. He was a wonderful...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Ed Goedeken - Ames, IA - Friend

“Lynn and Ann, So sorry that you have lost your father. It's not easy to loose a parent. Prayers and comfort to you in the days, weeks, and months...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Connie Wright - Oskaloosa, IA

“I developed a special relationship with Chuck over the past several years, starting out as his barista or waitress and quickly turning to a friend. I...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Megan Tucker - Friend

“Ann, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You and your family are in our prayers. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Barbara & Dean Bone - MO - friend

“I have very fond memories of Chuck Barnhouse as my "once-a-year" neighbor for more than 20 years! We were "neighbors" because our exhibitor booths...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Danny Rocks - Los Angeles, CA

“Ann, Lynn & Di, I was so sorry to hear of Chuck's passing, but we all know he is in a better place now and resting peacefully. Annie, I...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Lou (Krusemark) Albers - IA

“"Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Pleima - Oskaloosa, IA

“Chuck's passing is a loss for the entire Oskaloosa community. He was truly a nice man, a strong leader and a friend to all. Lynn, Ann and the rest...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Don Morrison

“I will always remember Chuck when I go in Smokey Row. Chuck and Ann always seemed to be there when I was. Chuck always waved and chatted. Ann you...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Larsen - Oskaloosa, IA

“So sorry for your loss, Lynn, Ann and Diane...many memories of Chuck while I was at the bank. He always greeted everyone he met with a kind smile and...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Sherry Willey - Oskaloosa, IA


Charles "Chuck" Barnhouse, 84, of Oskaloosa, died Monday, February 6, 2012, at his home in Oskaloosa. He was born May 30, 1927, at Oskaloosa, the son of Charles L. and Irene S. Snider Barnhouse, Jr... He graduated from the Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1945. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the ship USS Point Cruz. Upon his discharge he continued his education earning his degree at Drake University. On June 30, 1951, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann "Mimi" Clark at Oskaloosa; she died December 21, 2003. In 1941 he started working for the family business C.L. Barnhouse Music Publishing Company in Oskaloosa. In 1957 Chuck and his brother took over the operation of the business from their father. He managed the creative side of the business, selecting the composers and music to be published. Chuck was the president of C.L. Barnhouse Music Publishing for many years, he semi-retired in 2001, but stayed involved in the company through most of 2011. He was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church, American Legion Harry L. Anderson Post 34, Do-Gooders International, and the Windjammers. He was past president of the Oskaloosa Chamber of Commerce, and Elmhurst Country Club. He enjoyed working in his yard, traveling, and spending time at the lake cottage, all of these made extra special with Mimi at his side. He also enjoyed coffee at Smokey Row with his daughter Ann and his friends.

His family includes his two daughters: Lynn Barnhouse (& Tom Oliphant) of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Ann Barnhouse of Oskloosa; a sister: Dianne Campbell of Oskaloosa; and his grand dog: Rowdy.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: Cynthia Coe; and a brother: Robert Barnhouse.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the St. James Episcopal Church in Oskaloosa with Reverend Dr. Terence Kleven officiating. As was Chuck's wish his body has been cremated. Burial of the cremated remains will be in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Wednesday morning after 10 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to Mahaska Hospice or St. James Episcopal Church.