Charles “Chuck,” “Papa Chuck” Biegler was born in Spokane, Wash., Aug. 25, 1945, the fourth son of Joseph B. and Agatha Biegler.
Chuck graduated from St. Paschal’s grade school in Spokane Valley in 1958, attended St. Francis Seminary in Troutdale, Ore., for three years with his brother Joe, and graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1964 with honors.
He was blessed with an extraordinary ear and gift for music. When he was 4 he taught himself how to play the piano. By the age of 8 he learned to play the accordion, and in high school he took up the trumpet by listening to the high school band’s practice sessions. When he learned its musical pieces, he then joined it.
After graduation he launched his musical career and entertained in dinner and night clubs, churches, senior centers, for immediate and extended family and friends and a variety of other venues over the last 53 years. “The Chuck Biegler Show” traveled from Priest Lake, Rathdrum, and Spirit Lake, Idaho, to Spokane, Wenatchee, Seattle, Wash., to Juno and Kodiak, Alaska, to Miles City, Mont., and finally, to Custer, S.D., where he settled permanently.
In 1985 he married the love of his life, Annie Macfarlane, who joined him in Custer where they began their married lives together. Annie was also a musician with a beautiful singing voice, and Chuck and she formed a duo named “Me and My Shadow.” Together they traveled to various places in Washington, Montana, Wyoming and back to Custer where they enjoyed a 13-year engagement at the Bavarian Inn. During this time (June, 1987) he and Annie provided the entertainment for Mom and Dad Bieglers’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration held in Custer.
Chuck also exhibited a tremendous sense of humor. He so enjoyed telling, listening to and sharing jokes. He created humorous nicknames for many of his relatives and friends and often accompanied them with a smile and short singing ditty. He also performed very realistic impersonations of movie stars, entertainers, acquaintances, animals and mimicked numerous sound effects, which he incorporated into his musical performances.
But above all else Chuck was a devoted Catholic Christian. His generous heart knew no bounds. Numerous are the people and organizations to whom he reached out and helped in their times of need and crisis.
Chuck died May 9 after a battle with bone and liver cancer. He was 73. For the last four days of his life he was cared for by the staff at the Regional Hospice House in Rapid City, S.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Annie; and, older brother Ron.
Chuck is survived by his brothers, Duane, of Traverse City, Mich., and Joseph (Lydia) of Liberty Lake, Wash.; Susan Biegler, of Carson City, Nev., stepson, Randy Macfarlane (Debbie), of Caldwell, Idaho; their daughters, Christine, Corinn, Jordyn (Johnathan), and great-grandson Henley James; stepson, Shawn (Sharri) Macfarlane of Vancouver, Wash.; sons, Mason and Bryce; stepson, Kevin, and stepdaughter Melissa (Bill) and their daughter Chelsie; several nephews and nieces, Fr. Pat Biegler, Monique (Chris) Oose, their sons, David and Alex, Dan (Debbie) Biegler, and son Kevin, Leeda Jo Beha and daughters Olivia, Emma, and Bella, Heidi Hankins and son Parker and daughter Avery; a multitude of cousins, friends and acquaintances; Roy and Mary Hendricksen, Chuck’s long-time, devoted, and caring friends, who always supported him, especially during his severe illness in 2014 and his most recent battle with cancer; and Ginny Shattuck, his dear friend, who cooked, cleaned, washed and performed a variety of tasks for Chuck over the years.
Vigil services will be May 29 at 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Custer. Mass of the Resurrection is Thursday, May 30 at 10 a.m., also at St. John’s. It will be followed by a luncheon and reception downstairs at the church. Interment will be May 30 at Custer City Cemetery.