Glenn Charlie Younkin
January 25th 1931-March 3, 2019
Charlie passed away on Sunday morning March 3, 2019 at Broadwater Health Care in Townsend , MT. He was 88 years old. Born January 25th 1931 in Alliance Nebraska, to Glenn Steven Younkin and Alice (McLaughlin) Younkin. He spent his early years in the Sandhills of Nebraska learning the ropes of ranching, and livestock with his dad. As a youth during WWII there were aircraft flying constantly in and out of the airbase at Alliance, which sparked his interest and future love of flying. He took his first flying lessons as a teenager. Charlie completed high school at the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture, in Curtis NE, graduating in 1948.
After high school he continued ranching with his father near Alliance. This is where he met and married the love of his life , Wilma Hagaman. They were married on February 24, 1952. Because of the blizzard which hit the night before the wedding, they headed right to the ranch to take care of cattle. He was a skilled cattleman, raising registered Black Angus since 1944, many great horses and cow dogs and a talented mechanic, finding it necessary to fix equipment with little or nothing, as it was too far to go get parts, and too expensive. He could fix anything with baling wire and a welder. Due to the size of the ranch, he found a great reason to put his love of flying to good use in checking cattle and windmills by air.
In 1964, he and Wilma moved their young family to a ranch at Whitehall, Montana, and then to Manhattan, MT, where they remained until 2000, when they retired to Townsend. They spent a lot of time fishing together and he could always be found in his shop working on something many people would have thrown away.
Charlie is survived by his wife Wilma, of 67 years, son, Jim Younkin (Lorna) of Frenchtown, MT, daughters, Glenda Ehler (Rod) of Scottsbluff, NE, Cindy Younkin (Terry), of Bozeman, MT, sons Joe Younkin (Brenda) of Laurel,MT, and Jeff Younkin (Tabitha) of Hamilton,MT, grandchildren, Tanya Smith(Darren), Wendy Ramos (Mike), Brandon Younkin (Katie), Britney Younkin, Brent Hanson (Kelsey), Courtney Hanson, Alyssa Kranz (Tyler), Ashley Herbert (Chaemous), Chase Younkin, Cadence Younkin (Rich), Cache Younkin, Cordell Younkin, and Nick Pettigrew. He is also survived by great grandchildren Thomas Schaefer, Zach Day, Gracie Younkin, Brynn Hanson and Sylvane Pettigrew, sister Iris Younkin and brother Dave Younkin. Charlie is predeceased by his parents, sister Florence Mae Varley and grandson, Garrett Younkin.