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2222 Russell Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: 307-634-1568
Charles Dunning

Charles Dunning

Sunday, November 29th, 1925 - Sunday, August 4th, 2019
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Charles Dunning, 93, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2019 at Davis Hospice Center.

Charlie was born on November 29, 1925 in Ashland, Montana and spent his life ranching. Family, cattle and horses were his life, hobby and passion. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Europe during WWII and was awarded a Bronze Star. He attended the University of Montana-Bozeman where he was a member of the rodeo team and competed in the first College National Finals. He worked on different ranches, including 10 years as cow manager for the Padlock Ranch, 14 years as general manager of Big Creek Ranch, and 28 years ranching in Cheyenne and Pine Bluffs. He married his college sweetheart, Shirley Kelly, in 1951 and they raised four children.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Shirley; children Mark Dunning (Suzi), Kay Albershardt (Jim), Karel Mirabal (Frank), and Karen Dunning (Howard Higgins); eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sister Marie Carmel and Lena Harris; and one brother, Dick Dunning.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Forest and Beatrice Dunning; and seven siblings, Les, Leonard, James, Frank, George, Mina and Pat.

He was buried in a private ceremony in Sheridan, Wyoming. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 21st from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cheyenne Hills Church Barn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame, of which he was inducted into in 2017, or to the Grand Encampment Museum.
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TJ Cape

Posted at 11:25am
The Gillin family in Montana sends our sincere condolences. Dad remember Charlie when he went to summer catechism at the mission when they were young boys!

Dean R. Rains

Posted at 04:42pm
I always thought Charley was one of the best cowmen that a cowboy could work for. I had great respect for him. Dean Rains


Posted at 08:20pm
My dear Charlie,
I am trying to write this through the tears running down my face.
I remember when we met for the first time 23 years ago. I went to your house and introduced myself as your new neighbor. We hit it off right away. Once you got to know me, you invited Dakota and I to come along with you to help with turning the steers out on poor farm one and two as well at Chalk Bluffs for the summer, then later during the summer checking on the fences and steers, and later on for the fall shipping. You thought I was just along to help you,...what you didn't know was this was NOT work, I was having the time of my life! Being out with the cattle, and enjoying the wide open spaces on the back of my horse, and talking with a very wise man with an awesome laugh. Thinking all the while life does not get any better than this!!
You and I had some amazing talks, everything from learning about your work at the Padlock, as well as Big Creek. You were always on top of cattle prices. You and I would talk politics, about the only person I would do that with!
We talked some about your service in the army, and how when you were coming home you came through Cheyenne and said it was so green and "one day you would live here!"
I loved it all. I am so happy Charlie you got to live a full life and live out your dreams.
It was always fun seeing your gorgeous mares, and watching you raise some beautiful colts.
I always enjoyed when you were sitting out front of your house enjoying some sunshine and fresh air and I would happen to ride by, and we would end up visiting and catching up.
You lived an amazing life Charlie and I am so glad I knocked on your door all those years ago. Thank you Charlie for all the memories you have forever stamped on my heart. (including the time you took us to Big Creek to do some fishing, to this day when I go by there which is often, I have not forgotten that wonderful day)
I will miss you more then you could ever know. I am so glad that you and Shirley and Paul and I got to go to Roadhouse and enjoy that prime as few months ago..
Thank you as well Charlie for your service to our country. I am so proud to have known you. Sleep well my dear friend.
To Shirley and family,
I was so very saddened to read this afternoon about Charlie's passing. I am so very sorry for your loss. Charlie was truly one-of-a-kind. How lucky we were to have him in our lives. I send my sincere condolences. There truly are no words for such an extraordinary man.

May God bless and bring you comfort,
Brenda & Paul


William Gillin Posted at 05:08pm

Dear Dunning Family, I want to pass on my condolences to you all after reading Charlie’s obituary in the Forsyth paper. It’s been many years since we attended Colstrip school together. My dad Bill is still kicking at 96 and lives on the ranch on West Armells Creek. Best wishes to you, William T. (Tom) Gillin

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