Charles Eugene Moline

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Charles Eugene Moline

On the evening of February 1, 2021 Charles Eugene Moline, age 76, of Brockway attended the Brockway Commercial Club meeting to plan the 103rd Brockway Dairy Day Rodeo. The next morning on a beautiful, sunny day he passed away on the prairie of his family’s homestead. The Dairy Day Rodeo was one of Charles’ life long passions. Everyday of every year he recruited rodeo contestants to enter this annual event, many times paying the contestants entry fees. He enjoyed watching the young cowboys and cowgirls thrive and go on to compete in the “bigger” or “big time” rodeos. He only missed two Dairy Day Rodeos in his life, once while he was serving our country and once to watch his son play in the Class B All-Star Football game.

Born the second child to James and Bertha Ueland Moline on January 15, 1945 in Terry, MT, all his childhood years were spent on the homestead. He grew up working the fields, riding horses and working cattle with his brother and sister. During these years, Charles developed his love for antiques and started his collection. Many, many people who knew him knew that he didn’t like to miss an auction sale. He always loved to find the most interesting pieces and quiz people about the use and function. After spending so much time and money at auction sales, he was honored to be a judge for the Montana State Auctioneering Contest.

Charles was an avid sports player and fan. He started as a Brockway Bullpup and graduated as a Circle Wildcat in 1963, earning a football scholarship to play as a Northern Light for Northern Montana College. After a college football injury, he enlisted with the Montana National Guard serving from 1965 to 1971. His Military Specialty was 94B20, ie Cook. After his time in the service, he continued participating in sports by refereeing high school basketball with his lifelong buddies.

On a fall evening in 1969, Charles attended a dance in Terry where he met his future wife, Darlene Hoffer, and the two were married one year later to the day on September 26, 1970 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Glendive. For the next 50 years Charles and Darlene spent their time farming and ranching. Together they traveled to the NFR and other rodeos across the country. They supported their children and grandchildren in all their school, sports, 4-H and any other events that they were involved in.

Charles served on many community boards including the Brockway and Circle School Boards, the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Board, the McCone County Museum Board and was a long time member of the McCone County Farm Bureau.

Surviving Charles are his wife, Darlene, son Conrad (Sara) of Brockway, daughter Danya (Eric) Remboldt of Rapid City, and daughter Darby (Erick) Idland of Circle; his pride & joy grandchildren Ryann, Alexis, Madeline and Charlie Ann Moline, Autumn Sky, Arley and Cyrus Idland, Hannah Lapp and stepgranddaughter Katelyn Remboldt; Aunt Jeannette Heide, brother Richard (Julie) Moline and sister Donna (James) Ostby and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Meeting him in Heaven are his parents, his in-laws David and Linda Hoffer and an infant daughter along with many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Family received friends on Sunday, February 7, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Circle. Funeral services were held on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Circle. Interment will followed in the Brockway Cemetery in Brockway.

If one wishes, memorials can be made to the Brockway Commercial Club, the McCone County Museum or the McCone County Volunteer Fire Department.