Charles ‘Buster’ Frantum of Woodward


Charles “Buster” Frantum, 79, of Woodward passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, under hospice care in Madrid, Iowa.

A memorial service in his honor will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care in Perry. Everyone is encouraged to wear face coverings and practice social distancing while attending the service.

Charles “Buster” James Frantum was born Jan. 9, 1942, in Perry, Iowa, to Charles George and Mary Ella (McDonald) Frantum.

He graduated from Woodward High School and the G.I. School for Agriculture in Boone.

Buster served in the U.S. Marines Corp.

He was united in marriage to Cynthia Dawn Coghlan at Woodward Methodist Church June 21, 1964.

Buster enjoyed dairy farming. He drove for Barr Nunn Trucking and was a fueler for Elder Corp.

He was a member of the Woodward United Methodist Church, Woodward Jaycees, Perry Elks Lodge, Woodward American Legion and was a 4-H Leader.

Buster enjoyed fishing, reading, riding horses, outdoor recreation and spending time with his family.

In death he rejoins his parents; a sister, Jolene Bock; and two nephews, Charles and Andrew Bock.

Left to cherish Buster’s memory are his wife, Cynthia; children, Kacy (Sue) Frantum, Kelli (Alan) Noland and Kristi (Dusty) Williamson; grandchildren, Jessica Frantum, Spencer (Peyton) Frantum, Tristan (fiancé Kyle Johnston) Frantum, Katie (Collen) Noland-Gibbons and Josie Noland; and his grand dog, Dixie.

Memorials will be given to the family for later designation and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at


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