CHARLES L. “CHUCK” CARD
Funeral services for Charles L. “Chuck” Card, 90, of Britton will be held at the First Lutheran Church in Britton at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, with the Rev. Terrill Sorensen officiating.
A visitation will be held at Price Funeral Chapel from 5-7 p.m. Friday evening.
Chuck passed away in his sleep at Wheatcrest Hills in Britton on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.
Charles Lysen Card was born on June 10, 1928, in Webster to Harold and Irene Card. He graduated from Webster High School in 1946 and was a member of the 1946 Webster state championship basketball team. In 1950 Chuck earned a journalism degree from South Dakota State University.
During his collegiate career he served as editor of the SDSU newspaper, The Collegian, in 1948 and was elected SDSU student body president in 1949.
Upon graduation, Chuck followed in his father’s footsteps, the long-time publisher of the Webster Reporter & Farmer, and became the owner/publisher of The Britton Journal in 1950. He was married to his college sweetheart, Karyl Petersen, on Aug. 17, 1952, and then was called into the Air Force, serving in California and Nevada and publishing the base newspapers from 1952-54.
The couple’s oldest son, Doug, was born in Sparks, NV, but six months later the Cards returned to Britton where they made their lifelong home. Five more children were born in Britton – Bruce, Steve, David, Lisa, and Karen.
In 1960 Chuck purchased the Langford Bugle with Dale Holdridge of Britton, assuming sole ownership of that paper in 1981. In 1983 he partnered with publishers from Webster and Sisseton to start the KBWS radio station that now operates out of Sisseton.
Chuck served as a role model for his family and community with his work ethic and his active role in community affairs and organizations and was referred to as “Mr. Britton” by some. He served on countless boards, committees, service clubs, and community groups throughout his life. He was also a huge booster for the hometown business community, school, churches, and athletics.
He was the “Voice of the Braves” as the football announcer for 54 years. He also was a big youth booster, receiving Friend of Education and Friend of 4-H awards. A former Eagle Scout, he was also active in the Boy Scout program and served as a Sunday School teacher.
Chuck was recognized across the state for his journalistic efforts. He was elected president of the South Dakota Newspaper Association from 1972-73, named to the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame, and was a South Dakota Newspaper Association Distinguished Service Award winner. He sold the newspapers to his son, Doug, in 1997, but continued to work in various capacities until 2015, totaling 65 years of service to the region.
But despite all the busyness, Chuck always had time for people. He never failed to wear that big smile and was quick to greet anyone he came upon on his news-gathering rounds. He always left them with that smile and his signature, okle-dokle.
Chuck was a regular member of the coffee group and enjoyed the dice shaking to determine who would buy that day. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting ducks and pheasants. He also was always looking for ways to help others. While living at Wheatcrest Hills and wheelchair-bound, he would still ask how he could help with tasks at the newspaper.
Most of all, Chuck had a strong love for his God, his family, and his community, and he gave the world the best he had without seeking anything in return.
Grateful for having shared his life are his six children, Doug (Carla) Card of Britton, Bruce (Diane) Card of Sioux Falls, Steve (Teri) Card of Newport, OR, David (Amy) Card of Prior Lake, MN, Lisa (Amy) Card of Yankton, and Karen (Dallas) Fowler of Waipahu, HI; his grandchildren, Kjersten, Ryan, Molly, Matthew, Shannon, Daniel, John, Alex C., Nathan, Ann-Marie, Alex F., and Brandon; and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Karyl; his sister, Virginia; and his parents.
Condolences may be directed to his family in care of Doug Card, PO Box 69, Britton, SD 57430.
An online guestbook and obituary are available at pricefuneralchapel.net.