Charles Dunning

Charles Dunning, 93, passed away peacefully Aug. 4 at Davis Hospice Center.

Charlie was born Nov. 29, 1925, in Ashland, Mont., and spent his life ranching. Family, cattle and horses were his life, hobby and passion. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. 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 wife, Shirley; children, Mark Dunning (Suzi), Kay Albershardt (Jim), Karel Mirabal (Frank) and Karen Dunning (Howard Higgins); eight grandchildren; nine great-grand- children; sisters, Sister Marie Carmel and Lena Harris; and brother, Dick Dunning.

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

Private interment will be in Sheridan. A memorial service will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 21 at Cheyenne Hills Church Barn.

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

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This is a paid obituary.

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