Rapid City business, civic leader receives transportation honors
Chuck Lien's legacy will live on in both Rapid City, and Pierre.
Exactly 65 years ago Thursday, Barbara and Charles Lien exchanged their vows and entered into the covenant of holy matrimony.
Charles, known to friends and family as “Chuck” lived a storied life, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He and his wife raised nine children. And alongside his father and brother, he helped build Pete Lien and Sons, a leader in construction industry materials supply.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation’s Hall of Honor Committee on Thursday honored Chuck Lien’s life and career – inducting him as the 90th member of the Hall of Honor.
“The South Dakota Hall of Honor is an entity that seeks to recognize people in South Dakota that have made a long-term, long-lasting contribution to South Dakota’s transportation system,” said Darin Bergquist, South Dakota Secretary of Transportation. “Chuck was passionate about making sure we built good roads that lasted in South Dakota, and his company provided good materials that helped in that effort.”
Lien, sadly, did not get to personally receive the honor – he passed away on April 7th, at the age of 93. Barbara, and his son Chris accepted a plaque on his behalf.
But, the legacy of his life and leadership lives on today in many of the roads we drive on – a legacy meriting membership in this exclusive club.
“What he’s done for his community, his leadership across the state, all those were factors that the committee considered when they chose him for this award.”
Chris Lien, who is the eighth of Chuck and Barbara’s children, shared one of his father’s philosophies of life – a philosophy that touched and moved the thousands he worked for and with.
“Do your homework, pay attention to the details,” Lien said. “Because if you do the right thing, it all works out. Dad led by that example so many people.”
Chuck Lien’s plaque honoring him will join the 89 other members of the Hall of Honor at the Department of Transportation headquarters in Pierre.