American Veteran 08


September 16, 1932 ~ February 4, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old


Charles “Chuck” Blaine Ferris, 91, of Deadwood, South Dakota passed away on Sunday February 4, 2024 at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas, Wyoming.

Charles was the fifth of six children, born to Charles Hurley and Carrie Mae (Rostern) Ferris in Hitchcock, South Dakota on Friday, September 16, 1932. He moved to Deadwood, with his family, when he was 14 years old.  Only having finished the 8th grade, he returned to school years later and received his GED while working and raising his family of eight children.

Charles married Winifred Renner on November 15, 1959, sharing 64 years of devotion to each other and their family. Charles, living in Deadwood, and Winifred living in Englewood, South Dakota, didn’t know each other, but started writing as pen pals, through an acquaintance. Charles was serving in the Korean War with the United States Navy at the time. They remained pen pals for nine years until Charles got his courage up to meet Winifred, who, by that time, had moved to Glenrock, Wyoming with her family. With stamps, phone calls, and gas prices increasing, the next logical step was marriage. The young couple moved to Deadwood and started their family.

In the early years of their marriage, Charles worked at Fish & Hunter and Montgomery Wards. Having a large family to raise, Charles always worked numerous jobs to provide for his family. His permanent part time positions included working at the Franklin Hotel doing maintenance, as well as running a cleaning and painting business started by, he and Winifred. His full-time position was with the Fortt Meade Veterans Administration for over 30 years.  First, working as a nursing assistant and later moving to a position he loved, as a painter, in the maintenance department.

Charles also served his community as a volunteer fireman and later Fire Chief from 1967-1968. Due to conflicting schedules with his VA position Charles had to give up his position with the fire department. He also volunteered as a reserve with the local law enforcement during the Days of ’76 and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

During his time in the Navy, Charles was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Medal, Korean (4) Stars, and Korean Presidential Unit Citation.

If he had any spare time, Charles enjoyed bowling, fishing, woodworking and reading Western books.

Charles is survived by his wife, Winifred, of Deadwood; daughter, Wyota Owens (Don) of Spearfish, South Dakota, son, Richard Ferris of Moorcroft Wyoming, daughter, Mary McKillip (Kim) of Douglas, daughter, Vickie DeVries (Tim) of Glenrock, son, Daniel Ferris (Gwen) of Gillette Wyoming, son, John Ferris (Robyn) of Douglas, and daughter, Charlene Eggers (Tim) of Lead South Dakota. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren and counting. As well as his sister, Margaret Latuseck of Tilford South Dakota and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Carrie Ferris; four siblings; his son, Stephen Ferris; granddaughter, Kimberly Ferris; and great grandson, Liam Jones.

Funeral services are Friday, February 16, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Lead, South Dakota with Pastor Jason Christensen officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be at 1:30 P.M. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota.

The Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.

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Funeral Service
February 16, 2024

10:00 AM
Trinity United Methodist Church
111 South Main Street
Lead, SD 57754

Military Honors
February 16, 2024

1:30 PM
Black Hills National Cemetery
20901 Pleasant Valley Drive
Sturgis, SD 57785


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