Charles Edward Breaw, 80, died on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the Dougherty Hospice House, in Sioux Falls, following a long battle with lung cancer.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Central Baptist Church in Sioux Falls. Burial is at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Brookings. Visitation is Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Miller West Funeral Chapel at 41st and Valley View Road in Sioux Falls. Memorials may be directed to Dougherty Hospice. Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles was born Feb. 10, 1932, at Cavalier, N.D., the son of the Rev. Floyd and Jeanette (Douglas) Breaw. The family moved to Walcott, N.D., when Charles was 4 years old, where he started school.
When he was 10, the family moved to Olivet, where his father took a pastorate at the Evangelical United Brethren Church. He graduated from high school at Menno in 1950. Charles entered the United States Air Force in 1952, and spent three years in France during the Korean Conflict until his discharge in 1956. He then attended Aberdeen Business College. He was then employed as a truck driver for Allied Van Lines. Charles married Diane Bayler in 1958. They had five children.
After working for Allied Van Lines for 18 years, he worked for All American Freight Co. In 1978, he started working for Coast to Coast Hardware Truck Delivery. In 1980, he married Rozella Shaffer.
She died in 1997 in Sioux Falls. Charles was then employed as a maintenance person for the Brookings School District and also for South Dakota State University. He married Maris Knutson in Sioux Falls in 1999. Together they worked as the on-site managers and maintenance personnel for Hegg Companies and later Charisma Co.
Survivors include his wife Maris, of Sioux Falls; five children, Kenneth (Sheryl) Breaw of Sioux Falls, Tamara (Bryant) Tjeerdsma of West Des Moines, Iowa, Deb (Mark) Shaffer of Sioux Falls, Lizedra Breaw of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Vickie (Kelly) Flemming of El Sobrante, Calif.; four step-children Larry (Marcia) Knutson of Spicer, Minn., Kathleen (Randall) Tucker of Sioux Falls, Gary (Sandra) Knutson, and Kayleen (Marvin) Bleeker all of Volga; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; 13 step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Lauren Breaw of Scotland; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Rose, a brother Merton, sister Dawn Ketterling and a step-great-grandchild, Gunner Mark Dyvik.