Charles J. Deutscher
Born: June 29, 1934
Resided: Olivet, South Dakota
Died: July 30, 2020
Charles John Deutscher was born on June 29, 1934 to William and Sarah (Frey) Deutscher. He grew up on a farm east of Scotland with his siblings Donna Mae and Paul. He enjoyed playing football throughout his school days and graduated with the class of 1954 from Scotland High School.
On June 26, 1954 Charlie married his high school sweetheart Myrna Newell. He then served in the United States Army as a radar operator in Chicago during the Korean War. After his service, they returned home to the Scotland-Olivet area and Charlie began farming and working at the Scotland Locker. He also worked at Fair Manufacturing in Menno later in life. Charlie and Myrna raised six children together: David, Kevin, Lori, Cheri, Keith and Teri.
Charlie had a passion for raising quarter horses and rodeo. He was one of the founders of the Scotland Rodeo Club and enjoyed participating as a contestant as well as entertaining crowds as a rambunctious rodeo clown. Later, he enjoyed team penning with the South Dakota Rodeo Association and also served many years as a director for the organization. One memory his family will treasure is Charlie driving his covered wagon in the Centennial Wagon Train with his mules Ace and Annie.
Above all, Charlie was a family-oriented man who was proud of his children. He enjoyed cheering on his kids and grandkids at their many activities including 4-H rodeos, track meets, basketball games and wrestling matches. He also loved music and attended many of their concerts. Charlie enjoyed a good game of cards with friends. Hunting and fishing was a favorite family pastime and he looked forward to his west river deer hunting trips with “the boys.” Charlie simply adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren and they loved and admired him in return.
Charlie lived his life the cowboy way and passed on these virtues. There was never any quit in him. He was always a straight-shooter who believed in hard work and wasn’t afraid of hard times. A storyteller and a showman, Charlie loved to make people laugh. His personality was larger than life, his blue eyes always twinkling with a bit of mischief and magic. His beaming smile and happy chuckle will be missed by the many who were blessed to know him. The memories he made with his family will be cherished and they will hold his love and kindness forever in their hearts. As Chickenfoot would say, “We’ll see ya’ll down the trail!!”
Charlie took his final ride home with the Lord as his pardner on July 30, 2020 at the Scotland Hospital at the age of 86 years old. He is survived and remembered by his wife of 66 years Myrna; children: David (Linda) Deutscher of Annandale, Virginia, Kevin (Cindy) Deutscher of Flandreau, Lori (Gary) Suess of Kaylor, Cheri (Keith) Engel of Freeman, Keith Deutscher of Olivet, Teri (Joe) Syrovatka of Lesterville; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Travis (Amber) Deutscher-Monica, Kaydyn, Bryson; Sara (Austin) Olivier-Henry; Tyrel (Maria) Deutscher. Chris (special friend-Carvella) Suess-Mylie, Lane, Tyler (special friend-Krissy) Suess; Tanner (Mariah) Suess-Weston and grandbaby boy on the way; Aaron (Rachel) Engel; Jeremy (Dani) Syrovatka-Emmett, Lily, Paige; Cindy (Cory) Heckenlaible-grandbaby boy on the way; and his brother Paul. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Sarah and his sister Donna Mae Kramer.
8/5/2020 Rhonda (Luikens) Isaak Scotland , SD
Hugs and prayers for comfort for all the family, Charlie will be missed in many ways as he left a mark on all of us with his with his smile and laugh!
8/4/2020 Judy Stratman (WNAX) St. Helena, Nebraska
Myrna and family,
My sympathy to all. I treasure a fond memory of interviewing "Chicken Foot" some years back and remember it like yesterday. He was hilarious and fun.....and ever so humble! May he rest in peace now....and God be with you all.
8/4/2020 David Mehlhaff Kansas City, Kansas
Myrna and kids.
The Deutscher family and Mehlhaff family go back a long way, spent many great times together. Charlie was a true cowboy, loyal friend and one of the biggest personalities I have ever been blessed to know. Our world is less colorful with him not in it, but I know he is in heaven riding herd and watching over us all.
Lifting each and every one of you up in prayer during this time of great loss.
8/4/2020 Cindy Newell Camp and Family CENTENNIAL, CO
Mryna and family,
Sending my deepest love and prayers over the loss of Uncle Charlie. I have so many fond memories of your farm and loved when he gave us rides on the horses during summer visits. I also loved watching him be a clown at the rodeo. His spirit will live on through all if you.
8/3/2020 Pamela (Olson) Humphrey Valdese, NC
Rest in peace Uncle Charlie. I'm sure the family is happy to see you.
8/3/2020 Kristine Olson Grand Junction, Colorado
Aunt Myrna I'm sorry for your loss uncle Charlie will be missed. I will miss the good times we had and his smile. Love to all the cousins.
8/3/2020 Mark & Cheryl Newell Aurora , Colorado
Aunt Myrna and cousins
Our condolences on your loss of your husband and father. I have fond memories of him clowning at the rodeo and riding the ponies as a child. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
8/3/2020 David & Bunny Eberhardt Olivet, SD
Thoughts and prayers to all the family. Charlie will be missed.
8/2/2020 Terese (Newell) Upton Parker, CO
Sending you all my deepest condolences and prayers. I hope you can find comfort in all your wonderful memories.
8/2/2020 Betty Newell Centennial, Colorado
Myrna and family,
My deepest sympathy for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
8/2/2020 Tim & Cara Schaeffer Olivet, SD
So very sorry for your loss, he will definitely be missed!
8/2/2020 Tim and Roxane Alley Parkston , SD
Our prayers and condolences to all the family.
8/1/2020 Marj (Newell) Troxell Englewood, Colorado
Aunt Myrna and cousins, So sorry for your loss. I will never forget the great times we had at your farm, riding the horses, "picking pickles" and going to the rodeo to watch uncle Charlie Clown around. I looked forward to it every summer. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
8/1/2020 Cheryl Storrs San Diego, CA
Aunt Myrna, I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Charlie was a fun man who always welcomed us to your home, as a child and an adult. I can't believe we were just there for your 50th anniversary. Please know that we are praying for you for peace and strength for all of your precious family.
8/1/2020 Clem & Marcy Handcock Long Valley, SD
So sorry for your loss.
8/1/2020 Tricia (Newell) Carlton Orlando, Florida
To Aunt Myrna and cousins,
My deepest condolences for your loss. Uncle Charlie was always one of my favorite uncles. I loved going to South Dakota every summer as a child and couldn’t wait until we all got to ride the horses. One of my special memories was laying on that contraption to pick pickles. He will be missed.
8/1/2020 Karen & John Evenson Springfield, SD
Heaven just gained a great cowboy!
8/1/2020 Robert & Phyllis Goeken Scotland, SD
We extend our sympathy to your whole family. He will be missed.
7/31/2020 Gordy & Ruth Ann Christenson Flandreau, SD
Myrna, Kevin, Cindy & all the Deutscher family, you have our deepest sympathies. Charlie was quite a character. We enjoyed getting to know him when he’d come up to Flandreau, or at some of the dances we went to with Kevin & Cindy. He knew how to have a good time & we loved hearing his laugh. Although you are suffering now with his loss, remember that he’ll always be with you. He’s a part of you now & forever. Sending our hugs, thoughts & prayers.
Monday, August 3, 2020
Scotland Rodeo Grounds
Noon until time of funeral
Monday, August 3, 2020
Scotland Rodeo Grounds
Scotland, South Dakota