Nov. 12, 1947–Sept. 28, 2018

Charles Nathaniel “Chuck” Bergeron, 70, of Custer, S.D., passed away Sept. 28, 2018, at the VA Medical Center in Ft. Meade, S.D.

Chuck was born in Waterville, Maine, on Nov. 12, 1947, to Charles H. and Eleanor (Knowls) Bergeron. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 until his honorable discharge in 1970 as a sergeant.

Chuck and Darlene “Doe” Gould were married March 12, 1970, in Ware, Maine, and moved from Ware to Custer, S.D., in June 1974. Chuck worked for Custer County Road Department for six years. 

He then sought an opportunity to work for Jacobs Ranch Mine near Wright, Wyo., in 1980 and climbed his way up to work as a shovel operator to which he retired as in 2010.

Chuck enjoyed his time with family and friends, always finding time to make new ones along the way. He would always find time to chat with anyone who would listen wherever he was. This always ended with those who enjoyed him, blending into his family/friends category. 

Chuck and Doe enjoyed traveling around the country camping at various places including Spring Creek and Angostura. Boating became an enjoyment while at Angostura that lead to teaching water skiing and fishing, or at least attempting to fish there and on the Missouri River to where he kept the story of Troy catching a sea gull quicker than any fish he would ever catch. Chuck bowled with Doe for several years. After becoming empty nesters, Chuck and Doe bought motorcycles and enjoyed riding around with family and friends they met along the way.

Chuck is preceded in death by his father, Charles Bergeron; mother, Eleanor Knowles-Bergeron-Rushford; and brothers, Richard and Linwood Bergeron. 

Chuck is survived by his wife, Darlene “Doe” of Custer; sons, Boyd (Laci) of Custer; Troy (Carrie) of N. Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, (Boyd’s) Micheal, Andrew, Kaytlyn, Madysen, Austyn and Jordyn, and (Troy’s) Sophia; and great-grandchildren, Adrian and Maycie Jo.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Custer Community Church, with Pastor Dustin Bartlett and Pastor Bill Jeffery officiating. Interment will follow at the Custer Cemetery with military honors provided by the U.S. Marines and Custer Veterans Honor Guards. 

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.


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