Charles J. "Chuck" Dibble, 82, went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2009, at home surrounded by his family. He had been in ill health for many years.
Chuck was born on April 20, 1927, in Edgemont, S.D., to Ernest L. and Mary Ann Dibble. He was raised and attended school in Edgemont. He married Bonnie L. Duncan in Edgemont on Sept. 23, 1948. After 60 years of marriage, he decided he had made the right decision. To this union were born two daughters and two sons.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and was stationed in Germany. He was discharged in 1946 and stayed in Germany for another year working in the finance Department for the U.S. Army. After returning home, he worked in the Southern Hills Bank in Edgemont for four years before going to work for the Burlington Northern where he worked for 20 years. After retiring from the railroad, he and Bonnie ran the Edgemont Crew Transport for 13 years. Charles and Bonnie also prepared income taxes for others for many years. They moved to Helena in 1999.
Charles was an avid sports enthusiast. He was involved in playing as well as coaching many sports. His family meant everything to him, no matter how ill he was, he was always smiling and had a joke to tell. He made friends wherever he went. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a loving and kind heart for family and friends alike, always putting others before himself.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie of Helena; his children, Vicki Samoray of Helena, Linda Minkoff of Denver, Colo., Larry (Joyce) Dibble of East Helena, and Rob Dibble of Phoenix, Ariz. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Dara (Ryan) Heick, Dan Minkoff, Ron Samoray, Matthew (Shelley) Eichenfels, Chuck Samoray, Jon Minkoff, Amanda Eichenfels, Mike Minkoff, Maria (Cory) Tollefson, Dave Samoray and Kayla Eichenfels. Also six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Francelia Schumacher in Manchaca, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters; and two brothers.
Charles will be cremated and his ashes will be placed at the Fort Meade Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D., at a later date. Charles requested no funeral service, therefore please join us for a gathering of the celebration of his life that will be held at the Christ's Church on May 8, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Memorials donations in Charles' name may be made to God's Love, 533 North Main, Helena, MT 59601; or to Helena Food Share, 1616 Lewis, Helena, MT 59601. Arrangements are under the care of Retz Funeral Home.