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Charles Gaeckle

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Charles Gaeckle

Charles Gaeckle, Sioux Falls, SD, died January 20, 2017, at Dow Rummel Village. He was 89.

Charles Joseph Gaeckle was born February 12, 1927, at Madison, SD, to Rudolph "Rudy" and Ethel "Ferne" (Power) Gaeckle. He attended public schools and graduated from Madison High School in 1945. As wartime escalated, Charlie joined the US Navy and served during WWII. Following his honorable discharge from service, he attended USD where he met the love of his life, Sheila Shannon. During his time at USD, Charlie also had developed lifelong friendships with fellow classmates.

On June 14, 1950 in Mobridge, SD, Charlie was united in marriage to Sheila Shannon. Charlie was a loving and devoted husband. The couple made their home in Madison, where Charlie worked as an insurance agent writing various types of insurance products. During the Korean War, Charlie was again called to service. He and Sheila moved to Chicago, IL, where he again served in the US Navy. Following his second discharge, the couple moved back home to Madison, and he continued writing insurance, focusing primarily on life insurance.

Charlie's occupation allowed him to meet almost everyone in the tri-county region. Blessed with a likeable and friendly spirit, he had a remarkable gift for remembering the names of practically everyone he'd met. Charlie and Sheila moved to Sioux Falls in 1987. He continued in his career until his retirement in 2000. Sheila preceded him in death on January 16, 2015.

Charlie loved music. He and Sheila enjoyed many nights dancing and attending music concerts. The couple also liked traveling throughout the United States. In his free time, he liked attending USD basketball and football games. He particularly looked forward to springtime when he could get out onto the golf course again. He loved being a grandfather, and adored each of his grandchildren tremendously.

While in Madison, Charlie was an active member of the community, and dedicated much time as a Scout Leader as well as coaching. He was also a member of the Madison Chamber of Commerce. In Sioux Falls, Charlie was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he contributed in a number ways and was active in choir. He was also a member of the El Riad Shrine, Shrine Chanters, Phi Delta Theta, Elks Club, USD Alumni Foundation, and was a board member of Children's Care Hospital.

Charlie's gregarious, optimistic, and supportive spirit will be forever missed.

Grateful for having shared his life are his sons, Dr. Thomas Gaeckle (Cheryl), Sioux Falls SD, Steven Gaeckle (Carole), of Parker, CO; and grandchildren, Nate, Lucas, Molly, Sam, Andrew, and Ethan. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, James.

Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, USD, or the Dow Rummel Foundation.

Visitation begins at Noon, Monday, with the family present to greet friends from 4:00 to 6:00 Monday afternoon at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue. Memorial Services will be held 11:00am Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church, 2300 S. West Avenue in Sioux Falls.
Published in The Argus Leader on Jan. 21, 2017
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