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Charles "Chuck" Chilson

Charles “Chuck” Chilson, 85, of Webster, SD passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Private memorial service will be on Saturday September 19, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Social distancing guidelines will be followed and those in attendance are asked to wear a mask. Walk through memorial visitation will be Friday, September 18, 2020 from 5-7 P.M. at the funeral home. Lifetime Webster resident Charles Herman "Chuck" Chilson was born May 29, 1935 in Webster SD to Herman and Agnes (Hanson) Chilson. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran church in Webster. Chuck attended Webster schools and graduated from Webster high school in 1953. He received a business degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls Sd in 1957. During college and beyond he was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve. He returned to Webster to join his father in the family business, The Elevator Store. While at Augustana College he met Virginia Kostman and they were married on June 27, 1958. The couple made their home in Webster whereas a businessman he was very active in many community activities. Two children were born to the couple, Carol Jeannine on Sept 17, 1961, and David Charles on July 7, 1964. After his father’s retirement in 1971 Chuck became the president of the Elevator Store. During this time he was a member and president of Midwest stores, a buying office in Minneapolis. The Elevator Store was a member of the South Dakota Retailers Association of which Chuck was president and awarded SD Retailer of the Year. He served on various boards: Sun Dial Manor, Ft. Sisseton State Park, Webster Development Corporation, Webster Chamber of commerce past president, Kiwanis, Jaycee state officer. Chuck was a 50 plus year Mason, a member of the Shriners, and a Jester. After the Elevator Store closed in 1993 Chuck worked part time as a boat salesman for Dave's Marine. Chuck and Virginia moved to Pickerel Lake and wintered in Arizona. He sold boats until 2006 and remarked that every day was an adventure. Chuck was a lifelong member of St John's church. He served on the church council, taught Sunday school, ushered and was a choir member. He enjoyed collecting and appraising coins, hunting, antique and classic cars, living on Pickerel Lake, and boating. Chuck is survived by his wife Virginia, his daughter Carol (Tony)Simons of Brooklyn Park MN, son David of Fayetteville, AR. Grandchildren Brandon (Amber) Ness of Mankato MN, and Dr. Cody (Kelsey) Ness of Sioux Falls SD. Step grandchildren Nick Simons of New Ulm MN, and Stephanie Simons and Karl Schaumann of St. Paul, MN. Great grandchildren Connor Ness and Easton Ness of Mankato MN. He was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Agnes Chilson and sister Joan Iverson.

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We were sad to hear of the loss of Chuck and send our condolences to the family. Helen and George Funk

Helen Funk Sep 22 2020 12:00 AM

Virginia, We all loved Chuck. He always had a kind smile and good words of advice. He enjoyed nature and planting a tree is a nice way to honor him

David and Stacey Hurrell, Evan and Charlie Sep 19 2020 12:00 AM

Blessings in the days ahead as you adjust to your loss!

Margaret Trefz Sep 19 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to say goodbye to Chuck. He was the most friendly guy in town. Always had a smile and kind words to us. He will be missed but keep in mind that he will be with Ashley in heaven and that means a lot to us. ...Sincerely, Dick and Barb Boyer

Barbara Boyer Sep 19 2020 12:00 AM

My heart is sad to hear of Chuck's passing. The Chilson's were our neighbors at Pickerel Lake for many years. Our property butted right up next to theirs. Chuck and Virginia would stop by and visit for a bit as they would pass by our cabin. My sincere condolences to the family and I pray The Lord will wrap His loving arms around all of you. Love, Larry and Patti Martin

Patti Martin Sep 17 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Chuck’s death. My thoughts and prayers Virginia, Carolyn, David and families. I remember all the good times my parents, Lola & Lowell, had with you. I was always thankful for the friendships they had. Carol and David, I was one of your babysitters that made you go to bed at the designated time! May good memories help you through this difficult time. Shari (Werdal) Nelson

Shari Sep 17 2020 12:00 AM

Wow! Just hard to believe that Chuck has passed. To me he was so vibrant and so involved in life wanting to know /share all. He had a lot of his dad in him. But more spirit and love for life. Virginia, you and Chuck were and remain very important to our family! Thank you for being you and always carrying and asking. You meant a lot to mom and dad as well. Sorry she nor we can be present to honor Chuck! We wish you and your family the best! God Bless! Gerry and Clark and Evelyn Likness

Clark Likness Sep 17 2020 12:00 AM

My Condolences to Chucks' family. Thinking of Chuck brings back many memories of buying clothes and shoes at the store way back when! You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time... Jay Schmechel

Jay Schmechel Sep 17 2020 12:00 AM

Virginia, Carol, Dave, and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. We will always remember Uncle Chuck for blessing our extended family with his good humor and generous nature. May the Lord uphold you with His love and peace. Love and prayers from Nancy and Bob Schantz and family, and from brother-in-law Jim Iverson.

Nancy Schantz Sep 17 2020 12:00 AM

In memory of Chuck, our uncle and brother-in-law, who loved the outdoors and especially Pickerel Lake.

Nancy and Bob Schantz and family, and Jim Iverson Sep 17 2020 12:00 AM

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