STERLING, Ill. Dr. William E. "Ed" Cherry, 77, former Choteau and Fort Benton resident, died after battling Parkinson's Disease Saturday, Feb. 23, at Sterling Pavilion Healthcare in Sterling, Illinois.
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Funeral service was held Feb. 27, in Sterling and cremation has taken place under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, Ill. A memorial gathering in Choteau is planned for July.
Ed was born July 11, 1935, in Augusta to Wesley A. and Florence M. Cherry. He attended schools in Bynum and Choteau, graduating from Choteau High School in 1953. After graduating from Montana State University he attended Northwestern University School of Dentistry in Chicago. While there he married Mary Susan Hey. After completing dental school, Ed served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, then returned to Choteau to practice dentistry. He then moved to Fort Benton where his dental practice served patients throughout central Montana. Ed eventually moved his family to Sterling, Ill. where he continued dentistry until his retirement in 2002.
In addition to raising five children, Ed was active in his community and served actively in churches wherever he lived. Ed was widely known for his love of humor, a trait that characterized him to the very end. He loved athletics and outdoor pursuits and relished time with his family in those activities. He also pursued a lifelong passion for hunting, returning each year to Montana to hunt the country he considered home.
After raising his family, Ed pursued lifelong interests in competitive shooting, auctioneering and music, learning to play both bass guitar and bass fiddle. Upon his retirement he returned to central Montana, living in the Lewistown area but returning each year to Illinois to spend time near his grandkids.
Ed is survived by Susan Cherry, his wife of 55 years; sister, Fern Vaughn of Quesnel, B.C.; five children including, Chuck (Mary) Cherry of Elburn, Ill,, Charlene (Dan) Dubois of Grand Rapids, Mich., Dan (Cam) Cherry of Great Falls, Doug (Becky) Cherry of Joliet, Ill. and Pat Ebbers of Chicago, Ill.; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be sent to Choteau Baptist Church or to Christian Sportsmens' Fellowship/CA c/o Central Assembly of God 2001 Central Ave., Great Falls, MT 59401.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Mar. 18, 2013