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Chuck WingApril 4, 1929 ~ August 5, 2016 (age 87) 87 Years Old
Charles (Chuck) Edwin Wing, 87, of Salmon, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016 at Steele Memorial Hospital.
Chuck was born on a small farm 4 miles southeast of Oskaloosa, Iowa, April 4, 1929, the second son of William Albert and Hazel Berner Wing. His father passed away when he was 7 and his mother and her two boys, Bill and Chuck, moved to Firth, Idaho in 1938 where she married Rural “Rulie” D. Ziegler. Chuck’s mother passed when he was 12 and he and Bill were raised by their stepfather on a ranch near 17-mile on the Lemhi River. His father’s sister, Eva, married Rulie in 1945 and was the two boy’s stepmother and aunt until her death in 1960.
Chuck attended his freshman year at Firth High School and then his last three years at Leadore High School. Where he graduated from in 1946. After finishing high school, he worked at various jobs until late 1950 when he was inducted in the Army at Fort Lewis, Washington, for a short hitch and was discharges in 1951. Chuck then was employed for a short time by the Union Pacific Railroad and the Naval Ordinance Plant both in Pocatello, before returning to Salmon in late 1951. Chuck worked on various ranches and had livestock of his own until he began working for the Forest Service in 1954 in the Leadore Ranger District. He worked seasonally here doing range management and construction jobs, marking timber, recreational construction, sign construction and placement, fire control, building maintenance and assisting the Rangers on many projects. Chuck transferred to the Salmon Ranger District in 1969, initially doing this same type of work and then finishing his 37 years of dedicated service to the Forest Service scaling logs for 20 years. He was also the forest Check Scaler from 1978 until he retired in 1993.
On September 8, 1962, Chuck married Doris Adline (Addie) Kemmerer in Salmon, Idaho at the Presbyterian Church. With this marriage, Chuck became stepfather to three young boys Gil Kemmerer (7), Brian Kemmerer (5), and Craig Kemmerer (3) who had lost their father the previous year. Chuck and Adline added a fourth son, Noel Wing, to their family in 1968. Chuck’s wife of 46 years passed away in December 2008.
Chuck was a dedicated husband and father, selflessly serving the needs of his family. He installed living facilities at his home property first for his stepfather and then for his mother-in-law so they could live out their lives under his constant care. He was an avid gardener, sharing his produce with many in the community. Chuck installed a lighted basketball court at his home residence that has been continuously open to the community since 1971. He enjoyed the mountains around Salmon and spent many hours traveling through them with his friends. Chuck always had a soft spot for animals in his life and particularly enjoyed his white cat, Snowball, who joined the family in 2009. Chuck was a long time member of the Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder.
Chuck is survived by his four sons, Gil (Jayna) Kemmerer and Brian (Betty) Kemmerer of Pocatello, Craig Kemmerer of Challis, and Noel Wing of Nampa; his eight grandchildren Karmen (Chun) Lee, Casey (Melissa) Kemmerer, Kelly Kemmerer, Preston Kemmerer, Amber (Zack) Benson, Carson Kemmerer, Zack Wing, and Maddie Wing; and two great-grandchildren Paige Kemmerer and Luke Kemmerer.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, wife Addie Wing, brother Bill (Elaine) Wing, stepbrother Ford Ziegler, stepsister Marvel lee Ziegler, and grandson David Kemmerer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 10 in the Salmon First Presbyterian Church, 511 Lena St with interment following in the Salmon Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Bell Tower Funeral Home, 900 Mulkey St. Salmon, ID and Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 in the church.
Arrangements are under the care of Wheeler Bell Tower Funeral Home, 900 Mukley St., Salmon, ID, (208)742-1234. Condolences may be sent to the family online at belltowerfhofsalmon.com.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Lemhi Historic Society at www.lemhicountymuseum.com.