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Charles “Chuck” Paul

Charles “Chuck” Paul

Charles “Chuck” Paul was born on June 21, 1941, in Nelson County, North Dakota to Russell and Alyce Paul.  Chuck died at the Crook County Hospital in Sundance, WY on March 6, 2024 where Jesus welcomed into heaven and he was reunited with the love of his life, Joann, his grandson Ward, and great grandson Logan.

Chuck grew up on the family farm in North Dakota and graduated from Lead High School in 1959. Chuck and Joann were married on July 8, 1960.  David and Lorraine were born in Deadwood and in 1963 they moved to Billings, where Chuck was the manager at a Marshall Wells Paint Store.  Laura was born in Billings.  The family started their love of camping in an army tent at Cooney Lake.

In 1971 they moved to Butte, Montana were Chuck was assistant manager at Pittsburgh Paints.  They camped in many beautiful places and spent a lot of time riding motorcycles as a family. One of the most memorable trips was at Yellowstone when a black bear took over their lunch and sat on the picnic table to drink a Hamm’s beer.

In 1973 they purchased the Western Auto store in Lead as a family affair.  Chuck and Joann served on the board of multiple civic organizations and were very involved in the churches wherever they lived.

After Western Auto closed Chuck worked in the Homestake Mine, cut timber, and was the grounds superintendent at the Lead Country Club and went onto a 24 year career at Terry Peak, retiring in 2006.  He was pivotal in the growth of new chair lifts, snow making equipment, and new buildings.  Family members were often treated to late night snow grooming adventures.

Chuck and Joann, with the help of the kids and grandkids, developed and built their dream home in Boulder Canyon.  They celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with a party at their home that coincided with the Lead High School 100th All School Reunion making it possible for so many friends and family to attend.  This became a bittersweet memory as Joann died of cancer on April 20, 1996.

Chuck moved to Sturgis and after he retired, he became the local handyman using his well-developed skills of carpentry and remodeling.  He was always willing to help friends and family with any home project.

He was married to Luella Marlow from 2005-2015.  They enjoyed traveling and being involved at the United Methodist Church.

He suffered a traumatic brain injury from a simple fall on the ice in 2010, changing his life forever.  Chuck lived with Laura and Gerard for a time in Rapid City and in the Wyoming Black Hills.  While living in Sundance he enjoyed going out for a beer at The Longhorn or The Turf where he was often the “belle of the ball” dancing with all the ladies.

Chuck enjoyed many trips to Pierre, South Dakota and Des Moines, Iowa to enjoy extended visits with Lorraine and her family.  While in Des Moines he loved going to the amusement park and acting like a young kid again.  His love of coloring intricate pictures started in Des Moines and became therapeutic for him.  Each family member has a signed and framed piece of art from him.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 11, 2024, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Lead, SD.  Inurnment will be at 4:30 PM in Oakridge Cemetery at Deadwood, SD.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com

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