Charles “Chuck” McCormick, 81, of Winner, SD passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Chandler, Ariz.
Funeral service were held on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation was held on Sunday, March 18 from 6-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the church.
Charles Max McCormick was born June 13, 1936 to Charles W. McCormick and Melva (Bingham) McCormick in his grandmother Bingham’s house in Springview, Neb. Chuck was a Mayflower descendant with three descent lines, one from his father and two from his mother. Surrounded by his wife, son, and daughter, Chuck passed away peacefully after an extended hospital stay.
Chuck was the third of four sons, raised on a ranch near Hidden Timber in Todd County. Later he attended and graduated from high school in Winner, SD where he met the love of his life, Carol June Rowe. They were married in 1956 while Chuck served in the U.S. Army in Lawton, OK. Their son, Russ, was born in Lawton one year later and their daughter, Lorna, was born just one year after in Winner.
Chuck co-owned and operated a motel and propane service in Valentine, Neb., from 1960–1966 with his brother Keith. In 1967, the family moved from Winner to Denver, CO where Chuck attended gun smith school. When the family returned to Winner in 1970, Chuck welded for Winner Welding and Grossenburg’s John Deere Implement before he established his own shop and opened a portable welding business.
Chuck was a member of the Carter Gospel Fellowship where he and Carol attended church for many years. He was also an active member and supporter of Pheasants Forever. Among his other enjoyments, Chuck loved to go deer hunting with his son Russ—in fact, they hunted together every fall for 46 consecutive years. Chuck’s most relaxing pastimes were fishing and playing cards with those who shared his passion.
Many in Winner and the surrounding area fondly remember receiving a bike from Chuck. As a hobby and an act of kindness, he repaired and gave away over 3,000 bikes to anyone who wanted one.
Surviving Chuck are his wife of 61 years, Carol; his son Russ (Conni) McCormick of Mitchell, SD; his daughter, Lorna (Paul) Reiman of Fairfax, VA; Five grandchildren, Trevor McCormick, Alison (McCormick) Vanmuyden, Jocelyn McCormick, Taylor Reiman, and Kelsey Reiman; One great-granddaughter, Cooper; Three brothers, Keith (Marilyn) McCormick of Valentine, NE, Gene McCormick of Valentine, NE, and Melvin (Tracy) McCormick of Denver, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Melva McCormick, his sister-in-law, Janice, and his daughter-in-law, Jill.