|Birth: ||Jun. 20, 1927|
|Death: ||Mar. 7, 2005|
Source: Great Falls (MT) Tribune
FORT BENTON — Charles Arnold Kuehner, 77, an Army and Air Force veteran, died Monday of complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease at Missouri River Medical Center.
His memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Fort Benton. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory.
Survivors include his wife, Ardice "Dusty" Kuehner, of Fort Benton; a daughter, Gerry and a son, Chris, of Billings; his mother, Wilma Hansen, and a brother Grant (Marlene) Hansen, of Vancouver, Wash.; two grandsons, Joshua and Nathen; mother-in-law, Mabel MacDonald of Fort Benton; brother-in-law, Russell (Wanna) Weaver of Sacramento, Calif.; sister-in-law, Jean MacDonald of New York; special relatives Marvin and Marva Veen of Great Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.
Charlie was born in Sweet Grass on June 20, 1927, to Wilma (Miller) and Claude Kuehner. He attended a number of schools, graduating from Havre High School in 1945.
At the age of 17, he joined the Navy and served on the battleship Iowa. Later he served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was discharged in Anchorage, Alaska.
Between stints in the service, Charlie was a horse wrangler, his occupation when he met his wife-to-be, at Chief Mountain Ranch near Glacier Park.
Charlie and Ardice "Dusty" Weaver were married in Fort Benton in July 1954. They made their home in Anchorage where Charlie managed a sporting goods store, and later worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Both children were born while Kuehners were living in Alaska.
From Alaska, they moved to Whitefish where they owned and operated Charlie's Sporting Goods.
While he was able, fly-fishing was Charlie's favorite. Always an avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, tying flies, cross country skiing and archery. He organized the first Alaska State Archery Tournament. An enthusiastic antique gun collector and authority, he did his own reloading. As a talented wood worker, he became proficient in making oval boxes in the Shaker tradition. He enjoyed riding his electric scooter around town, especially on the trail along the river. There he greeted friends and visitors, always touting the beauty and history of Fort Benton, particularly the Fort and the museums. He was a raconteur par excellence and greatly enjoyed telling both fact and fiction, often with the listener not being sure which was which. He especially loved "sucking someone in" to a surprise ending.
He was preceded in death by his father, stepmother and stepfather.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Fort Benton Memorial Ambulance or the Agriculture Museum of Montana.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Mar 10, 2005
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