Rodger E. Chant

December 10, 1944 - March 6, 2012

Rodger E. Chant, age 67, Cottonwood, S.D., died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at his home.
Rodger E. Chant was born in Champaign, Ill., on December 10, 1944, the son of Rodger and Ruth (Sanders) Chant. Rodger was raised in South Dakota his whole life and attended White River schools in Mellette County. After high school, he attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, as well as school in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Rodger enjoyed outdoor sports, such as gold mining, geocaching, boating, hunting and fishing.
Roger was united in marriage to Judy on February 12, 1998, in Rapid City.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Chant of Cottonwood; a daughter, Kathleen Leipold of Belle Fourche; two sons, Harold and James Chant of Rapid City; a step-daughter, Catherine Habart of Rapid City; six grandchildren, Tyler Leipold of Rapid City, Ted Leipold of Belle Fourche, Sophia and Hannah Peterson of Belle Fourche, Eva Sherrod and her husband William of Ellsworth AFB, and Aidan Chant of Rapid City; two great-grandchildren, Harold Edward Sherrod of Ellsworth AFB and Alayna Leipold of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Rodger was preceded by his parents, Rodger and Ruth (Sanders) Chant; a son, Rodger T. “Teddy” Chant; and his foster parents, Ted and Mimi Thomas.
He will be missed by all. Even though his journey on Earth is through, it’s truly just beginning.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 10, at the Cottonwood Community Hall in Cottonwood with David Olson officiating.
Music was provided by Catherine Habart and Eva Sherrod, vocalists.
Pallbearers were Harold Chant, James Chant, Ted Leipold, Tyler Leipold, Aidan Chant and Brannon Truax.
Interment was at the Cottonwood Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com