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Charles Undlin

March 4, 1928 ~ July 06, 2018

Service: August 25, 2018 2:00 PM
   Location: Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel

Charles Thomas Undlin, age 90, passed away on July 6, 2018, in Bozeman, Montana. Chuck was born March 4, 1928, on a farm in Lac Qui Parle County, MN, near Madison, Minnesota, of Norwegian descent, the third child of Jennings and Alice (Berg) Undlin. Chuck attended a country school through the 8th grade at Cerro Gordo Township. While on the farm, he helped raise livestock and crops but could often be found in the barn reading a book. He was a member of 4H and raised lambs and beef for money to attend college.  He graduated from Madison High School in 1946, lettering in track and basketball and was Class President. He was awarded an American Legion medal for Outstanding Student and earned a scholarship to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

Chuck attended St. Olaf College from 1946-1950 and graduated with a B.A. in History and Economics. He was elected as a member of the Blue Key Honorary Society and was treasurer of the student body. His most life-impacting event occurred at St. Olaf where he met his future wife and love of his life, Lois Anderson, from Big Timber, Montana.  He graduated in 1950 and began working for Farmers State Bank (now Wells Fargo) in Osseo, MN, as a trainee/teller. In January 1951, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, Korean War, and assigned to Occupation Troops in Germany, Sergeant First Class Acting, and worked in Field Artillery Battalion Headquarters handling personnel issues and troop assignments.  He was honorably discharged in January 1953 and returned to his banking job in Osseo. He and Lois were married on June 23, 1953. Their first child, Sarah, was born while they lived in Osseo.

In June of 1957, Chuck and family moved to Owatonna, MN, where he was transferred to the Security Bank and Trust Co (Wells Fargo) as an Assistant Cashier. Their second daughter, Mary Lee, was born in Owatonna. In November of 1959, Chuck was offered the opportunity to transfer again, this time to Rapid City, South Dakota. He joined the First National Bank of the Black Hills (Wells Fargo) as Assistant Vice President. Their third daughter, Meg, and their son, Tom, were born in Rapid City. The next 50+ years were rewarding and full for the whole family in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. In the summer of 1968, he was promoted to President of the First National Bank of the Black Hills. Chuck’s career took him in many directions professionally and as an active volunteer in the Rapid City Community.  He was elected president of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, president of Calvary Lutheran Church, president of the South Dakota Bankers Association, member of the Advisory Council for Northwest Bancorporation and served on the boards of Black Hills Power and Light, Homestake Mining Company and Rapid City Regional Hospital. Upon merger of the South Dakota banks, Chuck became Vice Chairman of Northwest Bank of South Dakota (Wells Fargo) and Board member of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank in the late 1970’s.

In 1985, Chuck and Lois moved again to Omaha, NE, where he became president of the Northwest Bank of Omaha. They lived in Omaha for three years where he continued his service to the community on various boards. In 1988, Chuck retired from Northwest Bancorporation after 38 years of service. They then moved back to Rapid City, which was “home”. Chuck accepted the position of Vice Chairman of Great Western Bank. He became a board member of the United Way of Rapid City and later president of the United Way. In the fall of 1998, he retired from his long and accomplished banking career. Chuck and Lois were long-time members of Calvary Lutheran Church, Arrowhead Country Club, Rapid City Rotary Club. They loved spending winters in Green Valley, AZ, and especially enjoyed golfing, downhill skiing and traveling the world. In 2013, they fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in Montana and moved to Bozeman to be near family.

Chuck was faithful and devoted to his wife and family his entire life. He was a man of integrity and committed to excellence in his chosen career of banking. He was curious about the world around him, where he lived and moved to and the places he traveled. He was the consummate gentleman to the end, steadfast in his faith in God and a loving and proud grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Chuck is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Lois; his parents; his brothers, Calvin and Jim Undlin; and his sister, Beth Odden. He is survived by his children, Sarah Cade (Jeff) of Bozeman; Mary Lee Levitan (Peter) of San Miguel De Allende, Mexico; Meg Erickson (Jay) of Whitefish and Tom Undlin (Mary Pechauer) of Edina, MN; eleven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters; brother, Robert Undlin of Albertville, MN; and sister, Norma Larsen of Madison, MN; as well as many nieces and nephews.  

The family would like to thank Birchwood Assisted Living for their exceptional and compassionate care of Chuck and Lois these past five years, as well as Hospice of Bozeman Health.

Memorials in Chuck’s name can be made to St. Olaf College or Storybook Island in Rapid City and forwarded to Sarah or a charity of the donor’s choice. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Sarah Cade at 250 Buckhorn Trail, Bozeman, MT 59718.

There will be a family graveside service later this summer in Bozeman, Montana.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 25 at 2 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel.

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