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Funeral services will take place on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 2:00 PM (Mountain).

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

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In memory of

Charles "Chuck" Allen

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Saturday, December 28, 2019 peacefully at his home in Philip at the age of 84

Charles A. Allen was born December 29, 1934 in the Lake Creek Community, Oklahoma. He was born at home to Charles F. Allen and Peggy Beck Allen.

He attended elementary school at Lake Creek and graduated from high school in Elk City, Oklahoma in 1952. After finishing high school, Chuck married Gloria Morgan and to this union Albert Steven and Randy Mark were born.

In 1968 he married Carol Hansen Curtis and adopted her children Todd and Gwen. Chuck and Carol had one daughter, Casey Allen.

After retiring in 1992 from Rice and Rice Construction Company as General Superintendent, Chuck moved to Philip, bought an older home and renovated it. He built a woodworking shop and restored, repaired and built furniture with the help of his loving companion Etta Erdmann.

In addition to his long career in construction, Chuck worked in the oil fields of Oklahoma, drove trucks cross country, and worked for the City of Philip. Chuck enjoyed rock collecting, polishing and making jewelry from his own collection. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and took several trips across the country. He also had an artistic eye for photography. He took many pictures of buildings and natural beauty around Haakon County.

He is survived by sons, Steven (Cindy), Randy (Bonnie), Todd (Darlene); daughters, Gwen Morgan, and Casey (Brad) Allen; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends and his longtime companion and sweetheart, Etta.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Nell, and one granddaughter, Shannon.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 2, at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Philip Nursing Home and the Philip Ambulance.

Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 2:00 P.M.
Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

Pastor Kathy Chesney

  • I have missed seeing my good friend Chuck and Etta Maude. They came to Jigger's Restaurant when I owned that and we developed a wonderful friendship.. They would come over so they could have a treat which was our Carmel Rolls and have coffee and wonderful conversations together. What a loving man Chuck was. So kind and thoughtful. The family will miss him. God Bless Chuck and all his family.
    ~ Jo Anne Stilwell Kadoka, S.D. (1/2/2020)
  • I had so much fun visiting with Mr. Chuck when he came to the nursing home to see Miss Etta. He had the best smile! ~ Patricia (Trisha) Ireland Martin/Philip SD (1/2/2020)
  • So sorry Etta the memories have been great for the two of you. Prayers to you. Love Connie ~ Connie Lee Midland TX (1/1/2020)
  • I got to know Chuck when his lady love Etta moved into our nursing home. He was always sitting with her in the lobby every morning when I came to work and when I left. He religiously came and visited Etta two or three times daily and always had a smile and friendly greeting and salutation. I will miss that smile and warm greeting. Keep your memories close as this will give your heart a warm felling when thinking on this man. ~ Carmen Fees Philip (12/31/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss Etta. Sending my prayers to everybody.

    So sorry for your loss Etta
    ~ Judy Bosanco Pierre, SD (12/31/2019)
  • I enjoyed visiting with Chuck! He was always so kind, optimistic and 'on the move' doing something. He and Etta had me come do a little staining on their home a few springs ago and they had me come in for a lunch of meatloaf and baked potatoes. We had such a good visit! I enjoyed it very much. Bless his heart. Prayers for Etta-you were quite a pair! ~ Vonda Hamill Milesville, SD (12/31/2019)
  • So sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. He beautifully restored a few pieces of furniture for me. One was a table my Dad made in high school, the other was my Grandma's drop leaf table. Both meant a lot to me and Chuck did an amazing job. He was a good man and leaves this world a better place. ~ Karen Hanson Rapid City SD (12/31/2019)
  • thinking of you Etta, I am so sorry ~ Joann Stark from Cottonwood now IA (12/31/2019)
  • To Etta and to Chuck's family and friends,
    Chuck was always a sweet and respectful person whenever we would meet. He shared his meat smoking tips with me as well as bringing us brisket occasionally! He will definitely be missed in this community!
    Blessed Be, Chuck!
    ~ Jeff & Kelly Penticoff Philip, SD (12/30/2019)
  • Sympathy to all the family and to Etta. ~ Vicki Neiderworder Philip SD (12/30/2019)
  • A very close and loved friend ~ Tammi Carstensen Philip (12/30/2019)
  • I am really going to miss Chuck..
    He was such a special friend!
    ~ Lois Porch Philip SD (12/30/2019)
  • Always enjoyed our talks ~ Chuck & Ruthann Carstensen Philip (12/30/2019)
  • Our thoughts and Prayers to the Families ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, SD (12/30/2019)
  • Very sorry to hear this. enjoyed having Chuck as a customer over the years and then running into him in Philip to visit with. Keeping the family in our prayers! ~ Oliver & Gayle Carson Quinn, SD (12/30/2019)
  • So sorry for the families. May God bless you each with love. ~ Kenny and Nancy Neville Philip (12/30/2019)
  • Chuck was always such a great neighbor. Always so kind and thoughtful. He will be so missed. ~ Emily Iwan Philip, SD (12/30/2019)
  • Chuck was a good neighbor - always had one of the nicest yards in town! He and I had a shared interest in motorcycles and he had many stories that he shared with me about his adventures over the years. And he was also an amazing woodworker!! I was able to see some of his projects - things he restored for people - and they were just beautiful!! Chuck was a good man - stood for what he believed in - and I wish I would have spent more time visiting with him and getting to know him better. I will miss him. Our neighborhood will miss him. ~ Jason Schofield Philip (12/30/2019)