Information for Charles William Astleford
22 September, 1922 – 24 May, 1994
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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Astleford, 71, a retired Chief of Police of Caldwell, died
Tuesday, May 24, 1994, at his home of natural causes.
Masonic funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday,
May 27, 1994, at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, by Mr. Moriah
Lodge #39 A.F. & A.M., Caldwell. Interment will follow
at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
Chuck was born September, 22, 1922, at Scranton, Iowa,
to George and Mary Astleford. In his autobiography, Mrs.
Astleford wrote that "after graduation, I went to Senica,
Missouri, to live with my sister and her husband and to work
in the lead mines. I was drafted into the Army at Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas, I had myh basic training, at Camp Beale,
California, with the 13th Armored Division. I was
assigned to the 498th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
Battery "C", went to Camp Bowie, Texas, in November 1943 for
further training, and was transferred to Division Artillery in
Operations Division. I headed for Germany in December of
1944; arrived in France, January 1945. I came back to
the United States in August of 1945 and redeployed to go to
Japan after thirty days of recuperation leave. When the
war with Japan was over, the Division broke up and I spent six
months at Angel Island, California, one year at the Oakland
Army Base and then went to Camp Stoneman, California, where I
was assigned to the Replacement Center Special Orders Section.
In 1948, I went to Greece and was attached to the Tenth
Mountain Division of the Greek National Army as an advisor, I
was traveling on a Diplomatic Passport, I got sick and was
flown back to Letterman General Hospital at San Francisco,
California. I was reassigned to Camp Stoneman.
While at Camp Stoneman, I met my wife, Iona Beck, October 31,
1949, and we were married May 6, 1950. We lived at
Antioch, California, until November of 1951 when I brought her
back to Caldwell, Idaho, as I was assigned to Rycom Depot in
Okinawa. I did not have to go to Okinawa until after my
son was born December 28, 1951. We named him Rodney
Charles Astleford (Rod). I arrived in Okinawa in January of
1952. We came back to the United States in November of
1954 and I was assigned to White Sands Proving Grounds; I did
not like it there and they would not transfer me, so I got out
of the Army in July of 1954 after eleven years, nine months
and ten days I was ready for Civilian Life.
"I told Iona that we would come to Idaho to live if we
could find gainful employment. I tried common labor,
carpentry and worked as a hod carrier for a brick mason.
I joined the Caldwell Police Department July 1, 1955, and went
through the ranks and was appointed Chief of Police on
November 1, 1961. I went to the F.B.I. National Police
Academy at Washington, D.C. in May of 1963 for three months.
I retired as Chief of Police on January 31, 1981. I was the
Senior Chief in the state of Idaho having nineteen and a half
years as Chief.
"Since retiring we have traveled some, fished a lot and
spent a lot of time with memorable friends. I am a
Mason, Scottish Rite Mason, Shriner and an Elk. I am a
life member of Idaho Chiefs of Police of America."
Chuck is survived by his wife of 44 years, Iona of
Caldwell; his son, Rodney of Caldwell; one granddaughter and
her husband, Jennifer and Allan Ward; one grandson, Nicholas;
four brothers and their wives, Dale and Miriam of Daly City,
CA, Paul and Norma of Lytton, IA, Harold and Doris of Lake
City, IA, and Gary and Jeanne of Osakis, MN, three sisters and
their husbands, Joyce and Paul Hiler of Rockwell City, IA,
Anna Marie and Don Allen of Belle Plaine, IA, and Mary and
Loyd Ellis of Lake City, IA; and two aunts, Ethel Beall and
Minnie Draft of Rockwell City, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and