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05/30/2019 - Charles 'Papa Chuck' Biegler

A Christian Funeral Mass for Charles “Papa Chuck” Biegler will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Custer, SD.

A Christian Funeral Committal will follow at the Custer Cemetery in Custer, SD.

A Christian Funeral Vigil will be at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Custer, SD. 

Chuck was taken into the arms of his loving Savior after a valiant battle with bone and liver cancer on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 3:25 PM (MT). For the last four days of his life, he was cared for by the excellent medical staff at Regional Hospice House in Rapid City, SD, and the family thanks them for their thorough and loving treatment.

Chuck was born in Spokane, WA on August 25, 1945, the fourth son of Joseph B. and Agatha Biegler. He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Annie, and older brother Ron. He is survived by brothers Duane of Traverse City, MI and Joseph (Lydia) of Liberty Lake, WA; Susan Biegler of Carson City, NV; stepson Randy Macfarlane (Debbie) of Caldwell, ID, their daughters Christine, Corinn, Jordyn (Johnathan), and great-grandson Henley James; stepson Shawn (Sharri) Macfarlane of Vancouver, WA, their sons Mason and Bryce; stepson Kevin; stepdaughter Melissa (Bill) and their daughter Chelsie; nephews and nieces Fr. Pat Biegler, Monique (Chris) Oose and sons David and Alex, Dan (Debbie) Biegler and son Kevin, Leeda Jo Beha and daughters Olivia, Emma and Bella, and Heidi Hankins and son Parker and daughter Avery; and a multitude of cousins, friends and acquaintances.

Chuck graduated from St. Paschal’s Grade School in Spokane Valley in 1958, attended St. Francis Seminary in Troutdale, OR for three years with his bro Joe, and graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1964 with honors. He was blessed with an extraordinary ear and gift for music. When he was 4 years old, he taught himself how to play the piano. By the age of 8, he learned how to play the accordion, and in high school he took up the trumpet by listening to the high school band’s practice sessions. When he learned its musical pieces, he then joined it.

After graduation, he launched his musical career and entertained in dinner and night clubs, churches, senior centers, for immediate and extended family and friends, and a variety of other venues over the last 53 years. “The Chuck Biegler Show” traveled from Priest Lake, Rathdrum, and Spirit Lake, ID to Spokane, Wenatchee, and Seattle, WA to Juno and Kodiak, AK to Miles City, MT and finally to Custer, SD where he settled permanently.

In 1985, he married the love of his life, Annie Macfarlane, who joined him in Custer where they began their married lives together. Annie was also a fine musician with a beautiful singing voice, and Chuck and she formed a duo named “Me and My Shadow.” Together they traveled to various places in Washington, Montana, Wyoming, and back to Custer where they enjoyed a 13-year engagement at the Bavarian Inn. During this time (June 1987), he and Annie provided the entertainment for Mom and Dad Biegler’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration held in Custer.

Chuck also exhibited a tremendous sense of humor. He so enjoyed telling, listening to, and sharing jokes. He created humorous nicknames for many of his relatives and friends and often accompanied them with a smile and short singing ditty. He also did very realistic impersonations of movie stars, entertainers, acquaintances, and animals and mimicked numerous sounds effects, which he incorporated into his musical performances.

But above all else, Chuck was a devoted Catholic Christian. His generous heart knew no bounds. Numerous are the people and organizations to whom he reached out and helped in their times of need and crisis. It is because of his deep love of God, life, family, friends, and strangers that he will be greatly missed.

The family especially thanks Roy and Mary Hendrickson, Chuck’s long-time, devoted and caring friends, who always supported him, especially during his severe illness in 2014 and his most recent battle with cancer. Thanks also to Ginny Shattuck, his dear friend, who cooked, cleaned, washed, and performed a variety of tasks for him over the years. Finally, thank you to Drs. Joy Falkenburg, Lisa Brown, Mona Saini, and all the staff at Custer Regional Hospital/Clinic and the in-home and in-house hospice team of Rapid City for their dedicated treatment and care of Chuck. Rest in the eternal love, joy, and peace of our Lord, Chuck!

Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer, SD is in charge of arrangements for Charles “Papa Chuck” Biegler.

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