Charles Ralph Wead, 79, of Harmony, died Monday, April 28, 2014, at the Harmony Healthcare Center in Harmony.

He was born Aug. 11, 1934 in Preston, to Ralph and Verna (Turner) Wead.

He graduated from Canton High School in 1952 and served in the Army from 1954 to 1955.

He married Ada Turnmire and two children, Scott and Michael, were born to this union. They later divorced. He married Margaret Gulbranson, two children, Julie and Donovan, were born to this union. They later divorced. On Aug. 12, 2000, he married Nancy Smith.

He worked for Fillmore County in the road maintenance department for 45 years, retiring in 1997. He loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles, camping and spending time with his friends and family, especially the grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Harmony; his four children, Scott (Donna) Austin of Algoma, Wis., Michael Austin of Rochester, Julie (Don) Barnes of Harmony and Donovan (Marty McPeak) Wead of Cresco, Iowa; his wife Nancy's children, Mari (Mark) Wolfe of Decorah, Iowa, Diana (Tom) Smith of West Union, Iowa, Sandra (Mark) Mensink of Preston, Ricky (and friend Lia) Nesteby of Red Wing, Paul (Patsy) Nesteby of Red Wing and Steven (Michelle) Nesteby of Decorah, Iowa; his former wife Margaret's four children from a previous marriage, Michael (Nancy) Gulbranson of Spring Grove, David Gulbranson of Torrington, Wyo., Steven (Carolyn) Gulbranson of Houston and Brenda (Richard) Kaiser of Fountain City, Wis.; six grandchildren; numerous step-grandchildren; his sister, Verdell (Ken) Heibel of Harmony and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 2, at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Interment with Military Rites followed at Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony. The Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony is assisting the family.