Published: Thursday, April 11th, 2013
Charles “Chuck” Edward Boettcher was born to Oscar and Edna Boettcher in Selby, S.D. He was joined nine years later by a sister, Dee Ann (Scheurer, husband Leroy).
In early grade school, the family moved to Hot Springs, S.D., followed by a move to Custer, S.D., where he graduated from Custer High School in 1953.
Shortly after graduating, he met and married Phyllis Boettcher on Sept. 5, 1954. The couple had two children, Brian (Eagle Butte, S.D.) and Sam (Custer). During those early years, Chuck had joined the National Guard and worked in the family business, Ranch Market grocery store. He also taught Sunday School and was active in Cub Scouts and 4-H.
When the family grocery store was destroyed by fire in 1975, Chuck work for Custer Lumber Co. for over 10 years. He then went to work for the Custer County Highway Department until his retirement in 2000.
Throughout his working years, and especially in his retirement, Chuck enjoyed many hobbies, which included leather working. photography, fishing, hunting and especially motorcycling. However, his true love and talent was in his paintings. He painted many captivating scenes of the mountains, streams, waterfalls and evening skies that he enjoyed so much.
In October 2011 Chuck suffered a stroke and became a resident of Custer Regional Senior Care, where he lived until his death on April 4, 2013. He was 77.
Charles is survived by his wife Phyllis, two sons, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren (with one more on the way).
His cremated remains will be interred during graveside services at a later date at Custer Cemetary.
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