Aug. 25, 1929 – Aug. 16, 2013
Charles McLemore Emmett, 83, passed away at his home in Basin on Aug. 16 with his wife of 59 years, Lois, by his side.
Charles was born Aug. 25, 1929, in Lovell, Wyo., And was the fifth child of 10. He was raised on a farm northwest of Deaver, Wyo., and graduated in 1949 from Deaver High School. Charles participated in sports and speech club.
He served as a tank gunner in he Army and overseas in Korea. After his honorable discharge from the Army in September of 1953; he was in the reserves until 1958.
Charles married the love of his life, Lois Schildhauer on July 4, 1954, in Lovell. Charles went to work for George Rakes Inc. in Glendive, Mont. and continued to work there for more than 30 years, until the company was sold in 1988.
Charles then went to work for Dunnik Bros. until he retired a year later.
In 1990 Charles and Lois bought, restored and ran the Glendive Campground until 1995. During their time living in Glendive they always talked about moving back to Wyoming. Finally, in 2003, they decided to sell their home and garden land and moved to Basin, Wyo. to be closer to family.
Charles was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman most of his life. He was a licensed pilot and flew for many years, a self-taught taxidermist and an accomplished woodworker who built everything from birdhouses and furniture to a canoe.
Charles was a member of the American Legion and lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers and one son, Ronald Gene.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; three children: Sherry (Bruce) Meidinger of Bismarck, N.D., Thomas (Karen) of Green River, Wyo., and Larry (Julie) of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren: Brett and Lorna Meidinger, Kayla (Rusty) Lang, Charles and Katie Emmett; three great-grandchildren: Elliott, Adrian and Cambria Lang; one sister, Betty (Terry) Todd of Cody, Wyo., one brother, Jerry (Evagene) Emmett of Billings, Mont. and numerous nieces and nephews.
A viewing was held from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull and the funeral service followed at `1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Atwood Family Chapel.
Burial followed at the Lovell cemetery.
Memorials in Charles’ name are being received at Security State Bank, Box 531, Basin, WY 82410 and will benefit the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation, Meadowlark House, 1106 North 30th, Billings, MT 59101.
Atwood Family Funeral Director’s, Inc., assisted the family with arrangements.