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CHARLES ZARTMAN, Obituary

 

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Charles (Chuck) Noah Zartman, 78, Havre, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at his daughter's home in Bozeman. Chuck had been suffering from congestive heart failure for many years.

Cremation has taken place. At Chuck's request, his family will scatter his ashes in the Bear's Paw Mountains at a future date.

A memorial liturgy will take place at St. Jude Catholic Church in Havre on Thursday at 11 a.m. The liturgy will be followed by a military honor ceremony outside the church and then a "Celebration of Life" luncheon at the St. Jude's Parish Center.

Chuck was born in Havre on Nov. 19, 1923, to Milton and Harriet (Wickham) Zartman. Chuck attended Havre schools, graduating from Havre High School in 1942. He attended Northern Montana College in Havre for one quarter before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1942. Commissioned as an ensign in 1944, Chuck served as a naval pilot in the South Pacific until the end of World War II. After leaving the Navy in 1945, he returned to Havre.

Chuck married Margaret Mary (Peggy) Graham on June 30, 1947. They raised three daughters: Janet, Mary and Patty.

In 1950, Chuck joined the Havre Police

Department. He served as chief of police from 1968 until his retirement in 1972. Chuck held several jobs after leaving the police force, including working as the manager of the Havre City/County Airport.

Chuck was a lifelong, avid fly fisherman and hunter. He also enjoyed dancing, playing musical instruments, such as the banjo, guitar, accordion, organ and harmonica, singing and whistling, photography, studying the journals of Lewis and Clark, and airplanes.

In his later years, he and his special friend, Ramona Yockim, divided their time between living in Seattle and Havre. Chuck was always the happiest, however, when he could be near or in his beloved Bear's Paw Mountains.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Gordon Whirry of Great Falls; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Zartman and Chuck Nelson of Bozeman; daughter, Patty of Havre; granddaughter Sara (Rich) Hollis and great-granddaughter, Leah of Great Falls, granddaughter, Megan (Ashley) Taylor of Centreville, Va .; partner, Ramona Yockim of Havre, her four children and their families; cousin, Harriet Glover of Curyland, N.Y .; and numerous special and lifelong friends.

Memorials in Chuck's name may be made to the Havre Senior Citizens Center, 2 Second St. W., Havre, MT 59501 or the St. Judes' Educational Fund, 440 Seventh Ave., Havre, MT 59501.

 

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