Charles James Rickett passed away September 15, 2017 surrounded by his loving family in Billings, MT.
He was born January 31, 1947 in Sidney, MT to Charles Edward and Betty Lee. In 1949, the family moved to Miles City where Charles grew up and graduated from Custer County High School. After high school, he joined the Army National Guard and served in the Army Reserves while also starting his career with the railroad. In 1967, Charles started working for Northern Pacific Railway in Miles City. He transferred to Billings and later Laurel. He relocated to Glendive in 1987 and finished his career with Burlington Northern Santa Fe after 40 years of service.
Charles loved hunting, fishing, and camping. He would disappear for multiple weeks every summer and hunting season. The only thing he loved more, was spending time with his family. He brought four children into the world with a previous spouse, Evelyn. He married the love of his life, Kyna, December 30, 1982. They blended their two families together and added a son together. Later in life when moving around became more difficult, he enjoyed visiting, watching movies, reading westerns and farming (Farmville).
He is survived by his wife, Kyna; two daughters, Tracy and Jamie Roberts (Bruce); two sons, Joshua (Katie) and Ryan (Chelsea); his mother, Betty; three brothers, George, David (Sheila), and Richard; one sister, Susan Peltzer (Robert); ten grandchildren and three great granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles; daughter, Kimberly Cosens; son, Michael; granddaughter Desiree Lacquement; grandsons Damien Lacquement and Trace Roberts; and a great grandson Aaron Johnson.
His family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Billings Clinic and the Hospital for the dedication and care provided over the past several years.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Break Forth Bible Church, 2815 W Towne St, Glendive, MT officiated by Pastor Larry Phalen. Burial with full military honors will follow the funeral at Dawson County Cemetery. The family suggests any memorial contributions be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.