Charles Eugene (Charlie) Bourquin, 94, died Sept. 1, 2018, after a prolonged battle with COPD. Charlie was born on March 15, 1924, in Arthur, Nebraska, to Frank and Estelle Bourquin.
Charlie had four siblings: Virginia Dolph, Marlin Bourquin, Norman Bourquin and Evertt Bourquin. All preceded him in death.
Charlie was married and widowed twice. He was married to Nell Bondurant for 35 years. They had four children: Bob Hall (deceased), Charles Hall (deceased), Richard Bourquin of Casper and Diana Foster of Gillette. Charlie has 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Nell preceded Charlie in death on Sept. 27, 1984.
Charlie married a longtime Powell resident, Hellen May Moore, after the death of his first wife. Hellen has a son, George Moore of Atlanta, Georgia, who had a close relationship until the time of Charlie’s death. Hellen preceded Charlie in death on June 23, 2008.
Charlie also had a close and constant companion, Louise Sand of Powell. They shared a loving and close relationship until Charlie’s placement in hospice in July of this year.
Charlie served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during his service. After an honorable discharge from the Army, Charlie worked as a cowboy on the VR Ranch near Glenrock. He then worked for Sinclair Oil for 20 years and 20 additional years for True Oil Company, from which he retired.
Charlie enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed working in his garden, camping, and traveling. Charlie retired and spent the last 38 years of his life in the Powell area.
Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Powell.
A special thank you goes to the nurses and CNAs at Close to Home Hospice in Gillette for your gentle care and kindness.