SHELBY Charlie Lincoln, 84, a well-known rancher from Shelby, died Sunday morning, March 11, 2007, at the Marias Care Center.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Whitted Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. William Catholic Church with burial to follow in Mountain View Cemetery. He was born to Fred and Anna Lincoln in March, 1922, on a homestead in Black Coulee, 13 miles south of Inverness. He went to a country school south of Inverness and finished high school in Havre in 1940. After high school, Charlie lived on the family farm and ranch south of Inverness. In 1946, he and his mother, Anna Lincoln, bought a ranch on the Marias River southwest of Shelby. Charlie lived and ranched on the river for more than 50 years. He experienced the “Flood of 1964” when the water was up to the ceiling in his home and it took most of his buildings. During the past several years he lived in Shelby. Charlie loved nature and animals, especially horses. He was a true conservationist at heart. What he enjoyed most was taking pack trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness on horseback. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Albert Lincoln of Kalispell in 2004. Survivors include his sisters; Esther Lincoln Lonergan of Omaha Neb., Adelle Lincoln Alessandroni of Greenwich Conn., and Lottie Lincoln Bourdeau of Great Falls; brother, Raymond Lincoln of Great Falls. He also had several nieces and nephews.