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Charles Hallstrom

Charles Hallstrom, 91 of Webster completed his baptismal journey Thursday March 14, 2013 at Sanford Hospital Webster. His funeral will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday March 19, 2013 at American Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. Jan FitzGibbon will officiate. Burial will be in the Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday 4 – 7 P.M. with a 6:30 P.M. prayer service at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster. Charles Wilfred Hallstrom was born on Tuesday December 13, 1921 to Carl “Jack” and Hilda (Lundby) Hallstrom at Peabody Hospital in Webster, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed at Hosanger Lutheran Church near Lily, South Dakota. As a young boy Charles attended country grade school at Highland District # 186 near the Hallstrom family farm in Highland Township south of Webster. He graduated from Webster High School in 1939 and after his high school education he stayed home to help his father farm. On September 11, 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army where he attended flight school and obtained rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He was honorably discharged December 2, 1947. On April 4, 1944 he married Margaret Hempel at Tallahassee, Florida. The couple returned to Webster and a short time later moved out to the Hallstrom family farm. Charles worked for many years as a state radio dispatcher along with his job at the ASCS office and farming. He retired in 1986, but did not slow down. He was a farmhand for Harman Baukol, drove cars for Hahler and Sewell Automotive, mowed lawn for the city golf course, drove people to doctor appointments, and delivered flowers for The Blossom Shoppe. He was a member of American Lutheran Church where he served on the church council and was on the Highland District #186 school board for many years. He and Margaret shared a great love for each other through thick and thin. Together they loved square dancing and golfing. Charles was a “Jack of all trades” and lived to help others. Charles passed away Thursday March 14, 2013 at Webster, South Dakota at the age of 91 years, three months, and one day. He is survived by two sons Robert (Kathy) Hallstrom of Apollo, PA and Rev. Tom (Marlene) Hallstrom of Wichita, KS, four daughters Beth (Doug) Bohlen of Albuquerque, NM, Cathy (Ryan) Barnhardt of Milbank, SD, Lora (Craig) Haugaard of Aberdeen, SD, and Christy (Greg) Wallum of Lexington, KY, one brother Rev. Fred Hallstrom of New Orleans, LA, fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife (10-5-10), one son, one brother, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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Dear Robert and Kathy, Read the obituary in the Aberdeen paper which brought back memories of a wonderful family which I had the pleasure of meeting while attending NSU. God bless.

Ralph Rabenberg Mar 22 2013 12:00 AM

My condolence to all family. I will dearly miss Chuck.

Scott Langager Mar 20 2013 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today. I will always remember the kind and gentle man that was my Uncle Charles. And, boy, did he know how to laugh! Love, John and Lisa (Houston, TX)

John and Lisa Hallstrom Mar 19 2013 12:00 AM

Godspeed, Chuck, you were a true professional, honest, and strong voice at Webster State Radio. 10-7, my friend.

Paulette Petersen Mar 19 2013 12:00 AM

Charles will be so deeply missed. My husband and I always looked forward to his visits when we came home. He always had an interesting story and and warm smile. We are so happy to have had the honor of knowing him. His face will always be one that reminds me of home.

Lisa Schlotte Brickey Mar 18 2013 12:00 AM

We are deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Charles. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we trust God will guide you through this time of sorrow. You are in our continued prayers. May there be comfort knowing Uncle Charles has gone to be with God.

Carla and Steve Gerriets Mar 18 2013 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Your dad was a wonderful man.He always spoke highly of all of you.

Kathy Wattier- Vogel Mar 18 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Hallstrom Family, Gene and I send you our sympathy on the passing of Chuck. He will be missed by so many. What fond memories I have of him through the years. He was so kind to visit with my Mom so often at Bethesda in the recent years and that was a bright spot in her days. Chuck was a day brightener to all had the opportunity to know him. Love and Prayers to you all, Wendy

Wendy Royce Grode Mar 17 2013 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerly Karen Koppmann

Karen Mar 17 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Tom, Beth and Families, I was sorry to hear of your father's passing. You have my deepest sympathy. I know he is at peace and in his heavenly home. I have fond memories of your father and remember seeing him often at the Day County Courthouse. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you journey through this difficult time.

Paula Abbott Coome Mar 17 2013 12:00 AM

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