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Warren Gilchrist

Warren Gilchrist obituary photoWarren Gilchrist, age 86, of Hitchcock, died Thursday, October 18, 2012, at Violet Tschetter Memorial Home.  His funeral service was at 3:30 PM Monday, October 22nd at the United Methodist Church in Hitchcock with Rev. Tim Vorlage officiating.  Burial was in the Altoona Cemetery at Hitchcock. Memorials may be directed to the Hitchcock United Methodist Church. 

Charles Warren Gilchrist was born August 21, 1926, in Beadle County to Charles and Ina (Putman) Gilchrist.  He grew up on a farm and attended school for three years near Cavour.  In 1935, he moved with his parents to a farm near Madison, South Dakota.  The family moved back to Beadle County in 1939 where he finished grade school.  Warren graduated from Cavour High School in 1944 and attended Huron College.

He married Esther Eckmann on November 22, 1947.  The couple resided in Beadle County on a farm and taught in rural schools nearby as well as farmed.

In 1954, Warren accepted employment with the National Bank of South Dakota in Huron.  He worked there until 1959, and then for two years for the state of South Dakota as a bank examiner.  At that time he moved his family to Hitchcock to manage the Hitchcock branch of the Farmers and Merchants Bank. 

Warren worked in banking for a total of thirty years between Hitchcock and Huron, where his position was assistant vice president, manager and loan officer.  To his enormous credit in his thirty years of banking he never had to call in a loan for non-payment, as he was always able and willing to somehow work out finances with his customers.  He retired from banking in 1984, and was involved in the following years in real estate and insurance.  

During his lifetime, Warren was involved and held offices in numerous organizations from the township to the national level.  The Richland Township, Junior Chamber of Commerce and Toastmasters Club were the early memberships.  Later he held offices in statewide banking circles and the American Red Cross, where he was director for the Beadle/Jerauld counties for many years.  He was the director of the Hitchcock Development and served on the Huron College board of directors.  He was director of the Sully Buttes Telephone Coop, now Venture Communication Cooperative, for 34 years, eleven years as chairman of the Board.  Warren traveled frequently to Washington, DC to serve on the National Telephone Coop Finance Committee. 

As a lifetime United Methodist, Warren served on the Hitchcock United Methodist Church board for the entire time he had lived in Hitchcock.  He had been a member of the Elks since age 21, and was a Rotary member for many years as well as a member of the Farmers Union.  More recently, Warren had been treasurer of the Huron Concert Association.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Esther of Hitchcock; his daughters, Janie (John) Person of Watkins, Colorado and Barbara (Edwin) Christwitz of Clearlake, California; his sons, Thomas (Sherry) Gilchrist of Springfield and Jon (Sandra) Gilchrist, of Parker, Colorado; six grandchildren, Daniel Person, David (Michelle) Person, Susan (Daniel Grant) Person, Stephanie (Daniel) Saunders, Dane Alexander (Jennifer) Person and Rebekah (John) Kindall; one sister, Phyllis Rogers of Louisville, Kentucky; and a sister-in-law, Agnes Gilchrist of Iroquois.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one sister; a daughter-in-law; and a beloved grandson, Joshua at only fifteen years of age.

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