Charles “Chuck” Junior Williams 1931-2011

Charles “Chuck” Junior Williams, age 80 of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2011, in Lewistown, Montana.

Chuck was born at the 101 Ranch near Moorcroft, April 5, 1931, to Charles F. and Gwendolyn (Gibson) Williams. Chuck spent his younger years in the Oshoto area learning the “Williams Cowboy Way”. He attended schools in Oshoto and Moorcroft. With encouragement and experience he became a phenomenal horseman. Chuck’s first job was for Elb Zimmerschied at the age of 14. With his Dad and family by his side, he finished an endurance ride from Recluse to Upton, 85 miles. Being the oldest of seven kids, Chucks’ responsibilities started very early in life. In the fall of 1952, Chuck met the love of his life at a one room school house on Cabin Creek, Minnie Mae George, who was teaching school. Chuck then joined the Army in February. Chuck and Minnie later married June 12, 1953, in Crocker, Missouri, while he was taking his basic training. He served in Korea for 16 months. After returning home, Chuck and Minnie made their first home, working on the George Sommers Ranch south of Sundance. There they were blessed with a baby girl, Criss Gay. They then moved to Coal Divide West of Sundance when they were blessed with another baby girl, Connie Kay. Three years later in 1965 they purchased their “Dream Ranch”, from Howard and Marion Wham, Spring Creek Ranch. This is where they raised their family and filled out all their ranching dreams. Chuck was one of the organizers of the Rocky Point Grassing Association. Trailing cows to Rocky Point and from the Coal Divide ranch created many trail ride memories. Chuck was happiest when his family was all mounted well on horseback and were together. He always made sure that every member had a good horse and tack. He always said “If the four of us were a horseback we could do any job that needed to be done.” The ranch was Chuck’s life; he loved every part of it from his tractors to his cattle. Along came his grandkids. He always made sure that they all had new boots, saddles and horses and all learned the “Williams Cowboy Way”. Chuck loved to dance, the Sunny Divide hall was a special place where he helped put many community activities on.

He was a 58 year member of the Crook County Farm Bureau, a lifetime member of the Moorcroft VFW, a volunteer of the Carlile Fire Department, Crook County Search and Rescue and a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Minnie, of Moorcroft; two daughters, Criss Crozier (Kent Neiman) of Devils Tower, Wyoming, and Connie (John) Ahlgren of Grass Range, Montana; five grandchildren, Stefanie (Bailey) Cowen of Gillette, Wyoming, Michelle (Jade) Butler of Star Valley Ranch, Wyoming, Charlie (Reba) Ahlgren of Roundup, Montana, Cody and Clay Ahlgren of Grass Range; two great grandchildren, Shaylie and Cami Ahlgren; two brothers, Don (Sherrill) Williams and Dennis (Grace) Williams of Moorcroft; two sisters, Jeannie (Earl) Sides of Casper, Wyoming, and Betty Payton of Cedarville, Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; step mother, Nina; infant brother, Willard; son-in-law, Tim Crozier; sisters, Marie Williams and Dixie Grubb.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 12, 2011, at the Church of Christ in Sundance, Wyoming. Burial with military honors was at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Sundance. A dinner followed at the courthouse basement.

A memorial has been established to benefit the Pine Ridge Community Church, Carlile Fire Hall and the Church of Christ in Sundance.

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