Charles “Charlie” Showers, age 90, of Toronto, SD died Thursday, April 12, 2012 in the Brookings Hospital. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2012 in the Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto, SD. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be from 5 – 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 15th in the Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto, SD and will resume Monday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Charles Levi Showers was born on November 22, 1921 in Chaseley Township, ND to Levi and Flora (Sommerville) Showers. He received his education from the Broadland Schools. In 1939, Charlie entered the Army serving with the 147th Battalion in the South Pacific. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Mission Hills, SD.
On July 20, 1946, Charlie was united in marriage to Norma Conrad. They made their home in Yankton while Charlie traveled within South Dakota working as an electrician. Later on in life, he would travel to many of the other states working as a union electrician.
On October 11, 1980 Charlie was united in marriage to Ardyth (Cook) Glazier at the Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto, SD. In 1988, Charlie retired. They enjoyed spending their winters in Yuma, AZ. Charlie passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012 in the Brookings Hospital in Brookings, SD at the age of 90 years, 4 months and 21 days.
Charlie was a member of the Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto, SD. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and IBEW Union. Charlie loved to play cards and to go fishing. He also enjoyed visiting with family and friends. Charlie cherished his trip with his daughter, Linda, on South Dakota’s last Honor Flight. His family and friends made his 90th birthday celebration a special memory for them all.
Charlie is lovingly remembered by his wife, Ardyth Showers of Toronto, SD; children and step-children: Linda (Jim) Winterringer of Yankton,SD; Bill (Susan) Showers of Tabor, SD; Laurie (Jack ) Pitts of Sioux City, IA; Dave Glazier of Sioux Falls, SD; Mike (Joline) Glazier of Tulsa, OK; Brad (Lorri) Glazier of Hartford, SD and Cheryl Glazier of Brookings, SD; 24 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Annabelle Johnson of Yankton, SD and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Charlie is preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Quintin Streeter and Derek Glazier; one great-granddaughter, Josephine Winterringer and three sisters: Vergie Wells, Florence Ray and Mary Schmidt.