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Charles Paul

Charles "Chuck" Paul was born on June 21, 1941, in Nelson County, North Dakota to Russell and Alyce Paul. Chuck died at the Crook County Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming, on March 6, 2024, where Jesus welcomed him into heaven and he was reunited with the love of his life, Joann, his grandson, Ward, and great-grandson Logan.

Chuck grew up on the family farm in North Dakota and graduated from Lead High School in 1959. Chuck and Joann were married on July 8, 1960, and had three children.

David and Lorraine were born in Deadwood, and in 1963 they moved to Billings, where Chuck was the manager at a Marshall Wells Paint Store. Laura was born in Billings. The family started their love of camping in an army tent at Cooney Lake.

In 1971 they moved to Butte, Montana where Chuck was assistant manager at Pittsburgh Paints. They camped in many beautiful places and spent a lot of time riding motorcycles as a family. One of the most memorable trips was at Yellowstone when a black bear took over their lunch and sat on the picnic table to drink a Hamm's beer.

In 1973, they purchased the Western Auto store in Lead as a family affair. Chuck and Joann served on the board of multiple civic organizations and were very involved in the churches wherever they lived.

After Western Auto closed, Chuck worked in the Homestake Mine, cut timber and was the grounds superintendent at the Lead Country Club and went on to a 24-year career at Terry Peak, retiring in 2006. He was pivotal in the growth of new chair lifts, snow-making equipment and new buildings. Family members were often treated to late-night snow grooming adventures.

Chuck and Joann, with the help of the kids and grandkids, developed and built their dream home in Boulder Canyon. They celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with a party at their home that coincided with the Lead High School 100th All-School Reunion making it possible for so many friends and family to attend. This became a bittersweet memory as Joann died of cancer on April 20, 1996.

Chuck moved to Sturgis and, after he retired, he became the local handyman using his well-developed skills in carpentry and remodeling. He was always willing to help friends and family with any home project.

He was married to Luella Marlow from 2005-2015. They enjoyed traveling and being involved at the United Methodist Church.

He suffered a traumatic brain injury from a simple fall on the ice in 2010, changing his life forever. Chuck lived with Laura and Gerard for a time in Rapid City and in the Wyoming Black Hills. While living in Sundance he enjoyed going out for a beer at The Longhorn or The Turf where he was often the "belle of the ball" dancing with all the ladies.

Chuck enjoyed many trips to Pierre, South Dakota, and Des Moines, Iowa to enjoy extended visits with Lorraine and her family. While in Des Moines he loved going to the amusement park and acting like a young kid again. His love of coloring intricate pictures started in Des Moines and became therapeutic for him. Each family member has a signed and framed piece of art from him.

Many summer weekends were spent camping with David and his family in the Black Hills. Fishing with Donna was a joy and highlight for him. Nights around the campfire will be treasured memories.

Chuck was a great mechanic and passed this on to David. They were always in the garage working on engines and restoring vehicles together. After retiring, he restored "his baby", a Chevy Corvair convertible.

He loved taking it to Kool Deadwood Nites and won awards. He always enjoyed going to car shows, driving through the hills, riding motorcycles, going to threshing bees, John Deere tractors and his love of camping and spending time with his family was always with him.

His final years were at Wyoming Assisted Living in Sundance where Linda, Tricia, Rose and their staff provided the most compassionate and loving home for him. The residents there became Chuck's family and all of them thrive because of the exemplary care they receive.

Besides Joann, Ward and Logan, Chuck was also preceded in death by his parents and sister Virginia Dehnert, and numerous in-laws.

Survivors include his children, David and Donna Paul, Lorraine and David Wilbur and Laura and Gerard Brennan; ten grandchildren, Cassie (Jesse) Hamer, Jaclynn Paul, Amber (Andrew) Grotewold, Jennifer (Brandon) Carter, Doug (Kassie) Gordon, Steven (Katelynn) Gordon, Alex Holland, Katy (Ben) Guillory, Seth (Jessica) Brennan and Carolie (Seth) Tautkus; twenty great-grandchildren, Aiden, Liam, David, Brady, Adrian, Ana, Asher, Elizabeth, Sierra, Jayce, Toby, Addison, Remi, Sutton, Isaac, Zoe, Emily, Mya, Sophia, Ava and one due in June; siblings, Mary Nygaard, Allan (Linda) Paul, Glenn (Tacy) Paul and Joy (Nick) Petroff; sisters in law, Ellen (David) McGuigan and Helen (Gary) Ladner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were Monday, March 11, 2024 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Lead. Inurnment followed at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood.

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