WEST DES MOINES – Charles D. Hastings of Perry is being honored for 50 years of dedication to funeral service by the Iowa Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) this year.

Hastings is one of 11 funeral directors from around the state to receive recognition by peers and colleagues for 50 years of service to Iowa communities.

Hastings became interested in funeral service while living in LeRoy, Minnesota. He accepted a job with Martz Furniture Store and soon found himself working with an ambulance service, and then a funeral home. He started his venture with his wife and four little boys. Hastings graduated from the University of Minnesota and worked for Martz Funeral Home in LeRoy, Minnesota before moving to Iowa. He then spent time working for Slininger Funeral Home in Jefferson and Greg Gullick-Loehr Funeral Home in Newton. Hastings also built funeral homes in Jefferson and Perry.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 140th Annual Convention of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association was canceled. Hastings will be recognized at next year’s Convention, but has received his pin and celebrates 50 years this year.

IFDA represents over 700 Iowa licensed funeral directors and 425 funeral home establishments throughout the state. The mission of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association is to promote and support funeral service excellence. To that end, IFDA promotes high standards within the field of funeral service through continuing education programs, legislative representation, and service to Iowa communities. For more information, please visit www.iafda.org.