Born to Sylvan and Geri in 1949, Charlie grew up on the family farm in Canton. He graduated from Canton High School, then joined the Navy in 1969. He served in the Vietnam War, earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze star, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1973 while stationed in San Diego and where he married Patricia in 1974. They had 4 children.
Charlie worked as a hydraulic mechanic and owned his own business for several years. He was very active in the Encanto VFW, where he was commander for three terms. In 1996 he returned to South Dakota, working as a heavy equipment mechanic for Jerke, then Krueger Excavating, and later for MCT.
He was in many pool leagues over the years, which he was very passionate about. He even made it to a national tournament in Las Vegas. Charlie was active in the Canton VFW, where he could be found on the fourth Sunday of every month, flipping eggs. He retired in 2020 and devoted his time to family, friends, and pool.
He is survived by his four kid, Kristie (Jim) Delno, Elizabeth (Pierre) Walker, Amanda Golden and Robert (Natalie) Golden; 9 grandchildren,PJ, Jasmine, Kristopher, Natalie, Tyrone, Destiny, Da'Veeun, Zellbe, and Alex; 3 great grandchildren, John, Greysen, and Hudson. His siblings Connie (Don) Arp, Charlotte (Steve) Espeland, and John (Penny) Golden. And
many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Sylvan and Geraldine and his wife, Patricia.
A celebration of his life will be held on October 8th at the Canton VFW from 2-4 pm.