Chuck was born in Boise, Idaho on July 31, 1927, the son of Ruth and James O. Strong. He was the youngest son of 7 children born to Ruth and James O. – Ellen, James O. Jr. (Buzz), Raymond (Ty), Wayne (Teener), Grace and Donna – all having since passed away except for his sister Donna who resides in Forsyth.
Chuck, as a small boy, came with his family to Forsyth where he grew up and graduated from Forsyth High School in 1947. He discovered life was easier with a dime in his pocket at an early age and worked at the Roxy Theatre in the 6th grade and Howard Douglas’ Texaco in high school.
He served as a Medic in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 and was stationed during that time in Colorado Springs, Colorado and San Antonio, Texas. Upon being discharged with a hearing disability, Chuck chose Lewistown as his home.
He became an employee of the Montana State Highway Department at Lewistown in March of 1957 and worked there for 29 years, retiring in April 1986.
Having never married, Chuck kept active with memberships in the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Shrine Al Bedos Temple, B.P.O. Elks, American Legion, Loyal Order of Moose and the Lewistown Elks Country Club which he and his best friend Bud Johnson frequented nearly daily for many happy years.
When his health began to fail and he could no longer enjoy his golfing activities, Chuck moved back to Forsyth to be closer to his sister Donna and eventually moved to Forsyth’s Rosebud Health Center until his death on June 18, 2013.