SIDNEY - Mass of the Christian Burial for Charles Amestoy, 84, of Sidney, will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Matthews Catholic Church, with Father Greg Staudinger as presider. Interment will be in the Richland Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com. Memorials may be made to the Foundation for Community Care in Sidney or to a charity of one's choice.
Charles Andre Amestoy was born in Elmdale on Oct. 13, 1924, the son of Bernard and Jeanne (Etchepare) Amestoy. He attended Timmons School and worked the family farm. At the age of 14, he ran his own bundle wagon and team of horses for threshing crews in the area. On May 19, 1945, he married Elaine Houglum. They made their home on the family farm, raising sheep and grain, and remained there until they retired in 1993 due to his ill health.
Charlie had a great appreciation of music. A self-taught musician, he played guitar, fiddle, harmonica and accordion. He and his brother, Paul, played for weddings dances and donated their time and talent for numerous community events. Charles was an avid hunter. As an aerial hunter during the late 1940s, he killed enough coyotes to cover the front of an airplane hangar. He also enjoyed sports of all kinds. Charlie played and managed the Elmdale Men's baseball team for many years. He coached Little League as well and participated in the Richland Men's Bowling League. He followed his children and grandchildren through all their many sporting activities.
Charles was a lifelong member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church, where he served on the Parish Council and was a Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years. As an original member of the Tri County Predator Board, he served as its secretary treasurer for 22 years.
Charles died at his home on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.
Charles is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elaine Amestoy, Sidney; four children, Julie (Don) Prevost, Sidney, Gary (Patti) Amestoy, Helena, Janet (Dave) Wichman, Moccasin, and Ed (Jolene) Amestoy, Malta. He leaves a legacy of 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: Andrea Prevost, Rachelle Prevost, Deedra Moe, Stephanie Prevost, Karlee Amestoy, Lynae, Craig and Paul Wichman, Scott, Kevin, Brett and Jenise Amestoy, Ian and Ana Prevost Plutt, and Connor Moe; his only brother, Paul; numerous nieces and nephews.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents.