Charles A. Willert, Sr.____________________________
Charles A. Willert, Sr., age 76 of Kadoka, S.D., died March 10, 2014, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Charles Allen Willert, Sr. was born to Emil and Etta (Griswold) Willert on September 22, 1937, at home in Kadoka. He was baptized at the Belvidere Presbyterian Church. Charles attended Willert Country School before graduating from Belvidere High School in 1955. He qualified to ride in the Texas State High School Rodeo in bareback riding as a junior in high school.
Charles married Jeanette Shockley in 1955 and in their marriage they had three children.
Charles married Romona Handley in 1974 and in their marriage they had one son.
Charles lived in the Belvidere, Midland, Kadoka, Belle Fourche, St. Onge and Batesland areas, and the Gordon, Neb., and Meridan, Wyo., areas.
Charles worked for the State of South Dakota, Jackson County, and multiple ranch jobs, including Presho and Philip Livestock Auctions. Charles was a current member of the Belvidere Presbyterian Church. Charles was a cowboy at heart.
Charles is survived by a son Chuck Willert, Jr. (Ann) of Wasilla, Alaska; a daughter, Jackie Cavanaugh (Bill) of Riverton, Wyo.; four grandchildren, Codi, Jeremiah, Abby and Eli; five great-grand children; three step-children, Derick Handley (Jill) of New Salem, N.D., and Reece Handley and Troy Handley, both of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Oliver Willert of Kadoka; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Charles was preceded in death by a daughter, Janine Willert; a son, Stacey Willert; his parents, Emil and Etta Willert; three brothers, Marvin, Robert and Kenneth Willert; and a great-grandson, Mason Briggs.
A celebration of life service was held Saturday, May 24, at the Belvidere Community Church, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Music was provided by Syd Iwan, pianist. Ushers were Charles’ great-grandchildren, Naomi and Kellen.
Interment was at the Belvidere Cemetery.
Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka was in charge of the arrangements. His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com