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Charles "Chuck" Ray Blome, Sr. was born in Wibaux on Aug. 29, 1933, the son of Robert G. and Avanell (Kirkpatrick) Blome. Chuck died Jan. 22, 2009, after a heroic seven-month battle with esophageal cancer.

Chuck was raised in Wibaux. He was an athlete, playing both football and basketball. He was also a Golden Glove Boxer. Chuck served in the Navy aboard the USS Mann and USS Randall during the Korean War.

Chuck married Sharron (Kelly) in 1958. They had four children; one was stillborn. Chuck moved his family from Montana to Seattle, returning to Billings in 1972.

Chuck was a hardworking family man. He worked as a deputy sheriff, mason, machinist, range hand and finally retired, after 26 years, as maintenance engineer at Sage Towers.

Chuck was an active man. He never missed a day of his four-mile walk.

For a man who loved his family so much, Chuck suffered two hard blows, back to back. His wife, Sharron, of 32 years, died in 1990. Then, four years later, his son Chuck died in a helicopter accident. These losses broke his heart, but not his resolve. Chuck gave his love unconditionally to his two daughters, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Chuck was welcomed to heaven by his wife Sharron; sons Charles and Kelly; his mother, father and brother Kirk.

He is survived by his daughters, Renae (Jay) Murphy, Astoria, Ore.; and Betty (Jim) Crittenden, Molt. Grandchildren include Jaclyn, Charles, Tim, Heather, Ryan, Katie, Evan, Alisha and great-grandchildren Trenton, Ever and Rhyce. He is also survived by brother Bob (Marlene) and sister Colene (Jerry).

In lieu of flowers, please take a walk in Chuck's memory.

A celebration of Chuck's life will be held at the Golden Corral, 570 S. 24th St. W., Jan. 26, at 11 a.m.

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