Charles Andersen died of natural causes in Helena on April 17, 2010. He was born in Rexburg, Idaho, on May 19, 1924.
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Preceding him in death were his wife, Joyce Rowse Andersen, parents, a sister and three brothers.
Chuck is survived by son, David (Mary Harsh) Andersen of Helena; daughter, Carla (Lynden) Heitz of Missoula; five grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Frankie (Wally) Eagle of West Yellowstone, and Naomi Andersen; and numerous nephews and nieces.
During World War II Chuck served in the U.S. Army and received several medals for missions in Europe.
He taught English in Willow Creek and Belgrade, before settling in Anaconda where he also coached speech and debate.
From 1947 to 1979 Chuck worked as a seasonal ranger in Yellowstone National Park, serving as senior park ranger at the Yellowstone Lake Station. With a wry sense of humor he often remembered the antics of tourists making their first voyages through the park.
Family will welcome friends and visitors at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 Broadway, Helena, with a memorial service at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon. An honoring ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at the Montana Veterans Cemetery in Fort Harrison.
Memorials may be sent to the Masonic Home of Helena, 2010 Masonic Road, Helena, MT 59602.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 25, 2010