Earl Charette “Cookie”, age 70, of Lame Deer passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at the Northern Cheyenne Clinic.
Earl was born on April 24, 1950 in Belcourt, ND to John Charette and Barbara Stella Jerome. Earl grew up in Belcourt until moving to Busby, MT when he was 16 years old where he remained. He started school at Fort Totten Boarding School in Fort Totten, ND then attended St. Ann’s Indian Mission in Belcourt, ND. He graduated high school in Colstrip, MT. He later joined the Navy and was discharged in 1971.
In his early days he enjoyed horseback riding and rodeo with his best friends by his side. He married Roselind Maria Harris on March 24, 1972 in Sheridan, Wyoming. Earl and Maria were married for 48 years. He did his best to be a good father and grandfather. He always loved to tease people he liked. He was a hard worker and liked doing things right. He was an ethical man and had a very caring heart for kids. He organized Toy Drives and Thanksgiving Food Basket Drives and the Harris Tri-Race. He was also the co-founder of Big Bites Food Truck. Recently, Earl started making traditional Native American belts. He enjoyed spending time in his barn, which he built with his own hands, and especially in his Man Cave where he made and repaired tack. His pride and joy was his home and family. Earl loved making people laugh, making a good trade, and telling stories, old and new. He gave up rodeoing to attend his grandchildren’s sports events, you could always find him in the grandstands cheering them on.
Earl is survived by his wife, Roselind Maria Charette; daughters, Jona Charette (Jose) and Urla Marcus (Jason); grandchildren; Savannah Rhyan Charette, Caleb Earl Gutierrez-Paz and Royce Amalio Martinez; Stella Jane-Marie Marcus and Samuel John Marcus. Melvin (Jiggs) Charette (Bernadette), John Hubert Charette (Maretha Rising Son), both deceased, Shirley Charette Delorme (Raymond), Jerome Damian Charette (Colleen Barney) both deceased, Ferdinand Duane (Fats) Charette, deceased (Jeannie Spotted Bull), Ramona Charette Klein (Chuck), Carmon Charette Cymbal (Michael), and Brenda (Jackie) Charette Cartwright (Valentine-Tine).
Parents: John Baptise Charette, DOB: September 21, 1912; DOD: January 12, 1958; Barbara Stella Jerome Charette Malaterre, DOB: December 04, 1914, DOD: December 04, 1999.
Viewing will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm at Stevenson & Sons in Forsyth. Grave side services will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Harris Family Cemetery at Muddy Creek, MT.
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