FISHTAIL — Charles Mussetter, 90, Fishtail rancher and husband of Mary (Yonce) Mussetter, passed away at home on Sunday, Jan. 8.
Chuck was born to Charles Sr. and Lulie (Orem) Mussetter on their ranch near Broadus on May 10, 1921, the sixth of nine children. He graduated from Broadus High School in 1939, and after the death of his mother in 1941, moved to Dillon where he worked as a truck driver for his brother, Glen. He was drafted into the Army in 1942, completed basic training at Fort Lewis, Wash., and was assigned to the 123rd Regiment, 33rd Infantry Division where he served in the South Pacific Theater through the end of World War II.
After the war, he returned to Montana, where he met Mary on New Year's Eve 1946. Chuck and Mary were married in 1947 and soon moved to their Fiddler Creek ranch, where they raised five children. Chuck worked underground at the Mouat Mine, and subsequently spent many years as a long-haul truck driver before returning to the ranch full-time in 1979. As a much-respected driver, he ferried generations of Absarokee High School students to activities across the state.
Chuck was preceded in death by brothers, Glen, James, John, and Chester; and sisters, Margarette Blakely, Marie Mendenhall, and Mamie Mae Blyton.
He is survived by brother, Frank, of Milwaukie, Ore.; five children, Barb Lynn (Will) and Don (Marilyn) of Absarokee, Bob (Leslie) of Fort Collins, Colo., David (Laurie) of Commerce City, Colo., and Mike (Laura) of Laurel; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great- grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Congregational Church in Absarokee at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Memorial contributions can be made to the Absarokee Ambulance and Fire Department or the charity of your choice.