Charles Paul Springer was born in Sewickley, Pa., on Aug. 27, 1937. He lived in Leetsdale, Pa., until he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school graduation. Following his honorable discharge from the Marines, he attended Montana State College (now University) in Bozeman where he had been recruited to play football for the Bobcats. It was at Bozeman he met Carol Christison, whom he married in 1962. From that marriage came the two children whom he loved and was immensely proud of, Trenne Michelle and John Kenneth.
Following his graduation from MSC, Chuck was employed in the field of education serving as a physical education teacher, coach — and after obtaining his master's degree from Eastern Montana College — high school guidance counselor. He also served for many years as the athletic trainer at EMC. Chuck loved participating in anything athletic or having to do with outdoors. He enjoyed many sports, swimming, horseback riding and trips to the mountains, and shared that love with family. After his divorce, he went home to Pennsylvania to work as a Youth Advocate and later an Elder Advocate in the Allegheny County Court System until his retirement. Chuck then returned to the place he loved — Montana — to live in Billings until his death on July 16, 2014.
He is survived by his daughter, Trenne Fields (David) of Nerstrand, Minn.; three grandchildren whom he adored, Jordan, Mason and Kennan Fields; his son, John Kenneth of Austin, Texas; his brother, Herbert Springer, and his sister Mary Lou Davidson, both of Pennsylvania; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Chuck was an ardent Bobcat and Pittsburgh Steeler fan, a ferocious pinochle player, and admirer of Montana's beautiful outdoors. He loved his family and cherished spending time with his kids and grandkids. He was loved and will be missed terribly.
A funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Billings.