HURON — Charles D. (Chuck) Anderson, 83, of Huron, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota surrounded by his family.
His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020, at First United Methodist Church in Huron.
Burial will be in Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota, with military honors by VFW Post 1273 of Rapid City.
Visitation with his family present will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Chuck Anderson was born on May 21, 1936, at a farm south of Hitchcock, to Charley W. and Rosemary (Lawyer) Anderson. He attended both Huron and Bellevue (NE) public schools and graduated in 1954. In July, 1954, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service Productions, Korea; honorable discharged as Sgt., July, 1957.
He was Division Statistician for the C&NW Railroad in 1957, then continued his work while attending Huron College (1957-1961). During these years he formed The Parliaments Dance Band, and Chuck Anderson and his Orchestra. He was the high school band director at Tulare, Ft. Pierre, and Flasher, ND. He was an Economic & Development Specialist at USD; interviewer for Job Service in Rapid City; Rapid City Personnel Director; motel owner and manager while police magistrate at Three Forks, MT; and owned Homestead Antiques. During all of this, he was also a disc jockey and news reporter for KCCR, Pierre, SD; KZMX, Hot Springs; Huron area reporter for KKAA and KQ95; contributor for the Associated Press; talk show host for KOKK and KIJV Huron with the show “Personalities with Chuck Anderson” during the 1990’s.
He was a professional drummer having played with area bands since he was in the 8th grade and continued playing into his 70’s. He was a lay pastor to many churches in SD and Montana. He directed the Pierre American Legion Kilties marching band and several church choirs in Rapid City and Huron. He was a charter member of the Huron Area Symphonic Orchestra and the U.S. Marine Corps League; performer with the Huron, Pierre, and Spearfish municipal bands, and a guest soloist for the Sioux Falls Municipal Band.
He was a 65-year member of the Huron First United Methodist Church, former member of the Elks Club, American Legion, Kiwanis Club, SDEA, NDEA, and National Band Masters Association. He was a two-term candidate for Mayor of Huron, and up to his death an active program contributor to South Dakota Public Broadcasting.
Chuck was known for his zest for life, his contagious laughter, and his enormous love for his family. He will be greatly missed. He was united in marriage with Wanda Koepplin for 48 years.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda; four daughters, Lynn Job of Denton, Texas, Lora (Sean) Egan of Sioux Falls, Sonya (Steve) Irons of Lincoln, Neb., and Karen (Jeff) McBirnie of West Yellowstone, Mont.; and grandson, Josh Egan of Sioux Falls.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charley W.; and mother, Rosemary.