Charles A. Guiot was born in Olympia, Wash. on May 22, 1927 to Charles C. and Anna (Trumpower) Guiot. The family soon moved to Great Falls, where he would eventually attend school in Great Falls and later in Three Forks. While in middle school, the band teacher decided a trombone was a good fit for Chuck and eventually he and some friends started a little dance band and played for school dances.
His working life included the Milwaukee railroad, Yellowstone Pine, KGVW Christian radio station, and later, the MSU post office. His most adventurous job was working for a Short Horn cattleman, Wilbur Spring, in the Gallatin Valley. After pampering the cattle through the year, come fall, a railway boxcar was rented, supplied with feed, water and straw for 25-30 head of premier cattle, along with living space for Charlie and Wilbur's son. The fair and cattle expedition lasted for two months as they traveled from Great Falls and Billings, then on to Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, California and Utah, and back to Montana for the final show at the Montana Winter Fair in Bozeman. Some of Charlie's money made during these years was put aside for the purchase of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, causing a young red headed girl to notice the guy on the bike. It was around that time that he gathered the courage to ask her for a date and she accepted. That date must have been meant to be, because Jean Stucky became his wife and they celebrated 65 years together last year. Three lucky children were born to that union.
In 1957, Chuck and Jean built a house on the edge of her father's farm. It was where they lived most of their married life and also where he went to meet his Savior on the early morning of March 6, surrounded by his wife and three children. Chuck was a committed husband and father who showed love and respect toward his family and put them above all.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughters, Joyce Mahana and Mildred (Bea) DeHaan; son, Charles (Chuck) Guiot; grandchildren, Lori DeHaan, Angela (Paul) Lovaas and Jeff Mahana; three great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Alice Tofslie; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Daisy Guiot; sister, Catherine Blakely; and son-in-law, Don DeHaan.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Dry Creek Bible Church in Belgrade. Memorials can be made in Chuck's name to the Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center or Hospice of Bozeman Deaconess, 931 Highland Blvd, Ste. 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.