Charlie Hamp

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Charlie Hamp passed away at his home on April 20, 2015. He was born in Minneapolis on Sept. 6, 1931, to Florence and Charles Hamp. He attended West High where he met his future wife, Shirley Schneider. He graduated in 1949. He went on to spend three years at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and a year at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated in 1953 with a B.A. in Economics.

Charlie and Shirley were married in January 1954; the beginning of a wonderful union of more than sixty years. He spent two years in the U.S. Army in Arkansas before returning to Minneapolis and a career in sales management with International Multifoods. During this time, Charlie and Shirley were blessed with three children, Terry, Nancy and Charlie. In 1973, they moved to Bozeman and bought Loranz Gourmet Pantry, which later became "Charlie's"; a deli and gourmet food store on Main Street in downtown Bozeman. During the 12 years that they operated Charlie's, they came to know a broad cross section of Bozeman residents, many of whom became their close friends. They sold Charlie's in 1985.

Though Charlie continually downplayed his contribution to the community, he was very active in community service. He served on the Board of the Bozeman Public Library, the Blues and Jazz Society, and the Bozeman Film Festival. He was the music chairman for the Sweet Pea Festival in the 1970s, and volunteered for years with Habitat for Humanity, the CAP mentoring program, and Child Care Connections.

He was a devoted golfer, though forever convinced that he never lived up to the modest expectations of his partners. He and Shirley loved bridge, and in recent years enjoyed the company of an expanding group of partners, many at the Bozeman Senior Center. He was a voracious reader and consequently a fixture at the Bozeman Public Library.

Charlie was devoted to his family and friends and made everyone he came in contact with feel singularly important. He was humble and understated, emotional, compassionate and truly funny. His life centered around those he loved and who loved him. He was enormously proud of his grandchildren and cared deeply about the world future generations would inherit.

Charlie's beloved wife, Shirley died in August 2013. He now leaves behind his sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Robert Dawson of Chicago, Illinois; his children, Terry Hamp and Richard Sill of Duluth. Minnesota, Nancy and Rick Barber of Bozeman, and Charlie III and Heidi Hamp of Broomfield, Colorado; his grandchildren, Kali and Travis Hill, Caleb Hamp-Sill, Annie and Jimmy Barber, and Shannon and Henry Hamp; and his "second family," Mike and Joan Miles, whom along with their children, enriched his life immeasurably.

Memorials may be sent in his name to the Bozeman Public Library Foundation, P.O. Box 6242, Bozeman, MT 59771. The family plans to host a celebration of his life at later date.

Arrangments are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
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Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
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Bozeman, MT 59715
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26, 2015
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