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, age 65, died Nov. 20, 2006, at his home in Saratoga following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Charlie was born on April 13, 1941, in Rawlins, Wyo., and was the adopted son of Francis and Dixie Swanson. He was raised on the Swanson Ranch on South Spring Creek, representing the fourth generation of the Swanson family. He graduated from Platte Valley High School in 1960. He loved to rodeo and participated in calf roping and steer wrestling events.

He married Joyce Martin on July 19, 1969, in Encampment, Wyo. They ran the family ranch and raised their daughters there until it was sold in 1994. After the sale, Charlie worked a variety of jobs in the Platte Valley and made many new friends.

His passions were ranching, hunting, pack trips, his horse and livestock, his family, friends and meeting new people. He loved the elderly and little ones, especially his three granddaughters. Charlie was proud to be a recovered alcoholic and showed his coins to everyone. He delighted in getting a “rise” out of people and never met a stranger. Charlie loved the Lord and always held firm in his faith in God. He will be missed by his family and friends for all his stories, tales, and history of the valley, which he so willingly shared.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Joyce of Saratoga; two daughters, Melanie and husband Eric Freeman of Greeley, Colo.; Tifanie and husband Thad Ehde of Wheatland, Wyo.; three granddaughters, Megan and Hannah Freeman and Raegan Ehde; and his cousin and best friend, Charles Winston.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were held on Dec. 2, 2006, in Encampment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the Presbyterian Church of Encampment or the Meredith & Jeannie Ray Cancer Center, 255 N. 30th St., Laramie, Wyo., 82070.

, age 65, died Nov. 20, 2006, at his home in Saratoga following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Charlie was born on April 13, 1941, in Rawlins, Wyo., and was the adopted son of Francis and Dixie Swanson. He was raised on the Swanson Ranch on South Spring Creek, representing the fourth generation of the Swanson family. He graduated from Platte Valley High School in 1960. He loved to rodeo and participated in calf roping and steer wrestling events.

He married Joyce Martin on July 19, 1969, in Encampment, Wyo. They ran the family ranch and raised their daughters there until it was sold in 1994. After the sale, Charlie worked a variety of jobs in the Platte Valley and made many new friends.

His passions were ranching, hunting, pack trips, his horse and livestock, his family, friends and meeting new people. He loved the elderly and little ones, especially his three granddaughters. Charlie was proud to be a recovered alcoholic and showed his coins to everyone. He delighted in getting a “rise” out of people and never met a stranger. Charlie loved the Lord and always held firm in his faith in God. He will be missed by his family and friends for all his stories, tales, and history of the valley, which he so willingly shared.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Joyce of Saratoga; two daughters, Melanie and husband Eric Freeman of Greeley, Colo.; Tifanie and husband Thad Ehde of Wheatland, Wyo.; three granddaughters, Megan and Hannah Freeman and Raegan Ehde; and his cousin and best friend, Charles Winston.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were held on Dec. 2, 2006, in Encampment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the Presbyterian Church of Encampment or the Meredith & Jeannie Ray Cancer Center, 255 N. 30th St., Laramie, Wyo., 82070.

, age 65, died Nov. 20, 2006, at his home in Saratoga following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Charlie was born on April 13, 1941, in Rawlins, Wyo., and was the adopted son of Francis and Dixie Swanson. He was raised on the Swanson Ranch on South Spring Creek, representing the fourth generation of the Swanson family. He graduated from Platte Valley High School in 1960. He loved to rodeo and participated in calf roping and steer wrestling events.

He married Joyce Martin on July 19, 1969, in Encampment, Wyo. They ran the family ranch and raised their daughters there until it was sold in 1994. After the sale, Charlie worked a variety of jobs in the Platte Valley and made many new friends.

His passions were ranching, hunting, pack trips, his horse and livestock, his family, friends and meeting new people. He loved the elderly and little ones, especially his three granddaughters. Charlie was proud to be a recovered alcoholic and showed his coins to everyone. He delighted in getting a “rise” out of people and never met a stranger. Charlie loved the Lord and always held firm in his faith in God. He will be missed by his family and friends for all his stories, tales, and history of the valley, which he so willingly shared.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Joyce of Saratoga; two daughters, Melanie and husband Eric Freeman of Greeley, Colo.; Tifanie and husband Thad Ehde of Wheatland, Wyo.; three granddaughters, Megan and Hannah Freeman and Raegan Ehde; and his cousin and best friend, Charles Winston.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were held on Dec. 2, 2006, in Encampment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the Presbyterian Church of Encampment or the Meredith & Jeannie Ray Cancer Center, 255 N. 30th St., Laramie, Wyo., 82070.