Charles Austin Woodworth

Charles Austin Woodworth, 73, passed from this world due to an extended illness on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at his home. Charles was born in American Falls, in what is now the Power County Historical Museum, on April 8, 1939, to Austin and Imogene Strube Woodworth.

Charles attended school in Burley, ID, graduating from Burley High School in 1957.

Charles was a fourth generation farmer on the family homestead near Warm Creek in Power County, ID. He was a life member of American Falls Masonic Lodge #58 AF&AM, a member of Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the El Korah Shrine Club. Charles was also a Past Associate Bethel Guardian of Job’s Daughters Bethel #37 in American Falls.

Farming and ranching was his profession, but raising game birds was his passion. He raised hundreds of pheasants, chukars, bob whites and wild turkeys, and released many of them back to nature. He enjoyed hunting with his family, particularly his brothers.

Charles married Judy Bergener on Oct. 10, 1959. To this union was born five children: Jolene (Gilbert) Hofmeister; the twins – Christine (Kevin) Steinlicht and Connie (Brent) Shepherd; Charlie (Traci) Woodworth, all of American Falls; and Amy (Matt) Manning of Pocatello. Charles and Judy were later divorced.

Charles is survived by his children, 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Carol (Stan) Lesher, Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Gerald (Mary Ellen) Woodworth, Rupert, and Pat (Debra) Woodworth, Pocatello; as well as several nieces and nephews and his dear friend and companion Sue Knittel. Charles is preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Imogene Woodworth.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children or Power County Senior Citizens Center would be appreciated.

The funeral service was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Ave, American Falls. The viewing was at 10 a.m. before the funeral in the fireside room at the church. Condolences and memories may be shared at

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