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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Charles Harvey Senner

Charles Harvey Senner, age 92, formerly of Bloomfield, peacefully went home to Heaven on Friday, October 6, 2017. 

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Community Bible Church in Glendive with Curt Spencer officiating. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Charles Harvey Senner was born on November 15, 1924 to Henry P. and Lillian (Boese) Senner in Glendive, and was the oldest in their family of five children. He led a life of service for those he loved; his family, his church, his community, his country, and above all, his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Chuck attended the Bloomfield School through eighth grade and continued his education at Dawson County High School, graduating in 1943. 

He served our country in the United States Army during World War II in the European theater from 1944 through 1946. Upon completing his military service, he worked in Seattle in the clothing business before returning to Bloomfield to begin his farm life. 

While traveling to South Dakota seeking medical help following an injury, he met Virginia Albrecht, who would be his life partner. Chuck and Gini were united in marriage at the Salem-Zion Mennonite Church in Freeman, S.D. on June 12, 1953. They were blessed with four children, and shared their love for their family, God, beauty in landscapes, and music.  Date night was dressing up and going to town for community concerts. They recently celebrated 64 years together, with their last three years residing at Highgate Senior Living in Billings. 

Charles had a heart for many missionaries and Christian ministries—including his home congregation of Bethlehem Mennonite Church and later, Community Bible Church in Glendive. Eastern Montana Bible Camp held a special place as he worked on many building projects, including initial groundbreaking and construction. EMBC has been a place of camaraderie while working alongside farm friends, a place of fellowship during camps and a place for music during Song Fest. He also was a member of the Gideons International for many years—helping distribute bibles locally and supporting work abroad.

Chuck’s love of music took root during high school as he enjoyed singing in the choir and playing saxophone in the band. He was a part of music ministry all his life and last played his saxophone in church at age 92. He very much enjoyed the friendship of the men’s quartet he sang in for decades. He made it a special point to thank others for their music, and enjoyed hearing his children and grandchildren sing and play instruments.

Chuck loved treating others–from buying candy at “the station” for his kids, to stopping for ice cream, to turning his office into a place for his grandkids to “visit,” (amidst games of pool and ping pong). His generosity didn’t stop at the candy shop, but permeated his whole life.  

Dad loved farming the land, building a successful farm operation and partnering with his son, Wes. He cultivated the soil, but he also cultivated beauty in music and nature.  He nurtured crops and trees, but he also nurtured godly character in his family. He stayed grounded through all the changes that happened from horse and buggy days to the present, and will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Howard and Donnie; and son, Wes. 

He is survived by his wife, Virginia “Gini”;  his three daughters, Brenda (Vic) Mullet of Laurel, Sandy (Darby) Carlson of St. Michael, Minn., and Tanya (Galen) Collins of Waxhaw, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Gladene Senner of Great Falls; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.  Chuck is also survived by his sister, Mabel (Don) Emery of Bemidji, Minn.; brother, Walt (Joann) Senner of Bloomfield; sister-in-law, Sherilyn Senner Danielson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests any donations be given to the Gideons International or Eastern Montana Bible Camp.

Chuck’s family would like to give a special thank you to the compassionate caregivers at Highgate Senior Living, to the kind people of Community Bible Church for hosting, and to friends and family for their love and support.   

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhome.com.

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