Funeral services for Charles Buell, 94 year old lifetime Johnson County Pioneer who passed away quietly Friday at his home in Buffalo, surrounded by his family, will be held Tuesday, November 9th at 10:00 a.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. Bob Miller officiating. Visitation will be held from the funeral home on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Buffalo Senior Center, the Buffalo FFA or the Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. There will be a reception for all family and friends following the graveside at the American Legion Hall in Buffalo.
Charles E. Buell was born on July 22, 1916 at the Glen Haven Ranch on Shell Creek, in Johnson County, Wyoming the eldest son of Miles and Helen “White” Buell. Charles grew up on the ranch and received his primary education at the Shell Creek Grade School. He graduated from Johnson County High School in 1934. After high school he worked on the John Winniger Ranch in Cody and returned to work at the family ranch on Shell Creek. Charles married Pearl Bybee on December 23, 1939 at her brother Frank Bybee’s Ranch also on Shell Creek. Charles and Pearl made their home on the Glen Haven Ranch until the summer of 1940 when he went to work for the Forest Service and they lived together in a tent in the Big Horn Mountains at Muddy Guard Ranger Station and also in Hunter Lookout Tower. They moved into Buffalo in 1947 where they eventually made their home on Brock Street. Charles started C.E. Buell Trucking in 1945 which he operated until 1995. In those 50 years he logged millions of miles driving truck. After retirement Charles and Pearl continued living in Buffalo on Brock Street until the time of his death.
Trucking and the Grange organization held a very important place in Charles’ life. He was a member of the Grange since 1945, serving as Master of the Shell Creek-Piney Grange, the Klondike-Piney Grange, the Johnson County-Pomona Grange and also the Wyoming State Grange for several years. He was also a member of the National Grange. He was on the board of the Easter Seal Camp, he was a 4-H and FFA supporter and was on the Wyoming State Highway Board and the Wyoming Trucker’s Association. As a trucker he was the driving force behind building the first runaway truck ramp on Highway 16 above Buffalo. Charles served as the Camp Boss of the Big Horn Mountain Roundup for 30 years and received the Pax Irvin Sportsmanship award in 1996. He served two terms as a Johnson County Commissioner from 1976 until 1984. He also served as a Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy.
He is survived by his wife Pearl of Buffalo; two sons, Robert Buell and his wife Sharon and Chuck Buell and his wife Linda all of Buffalo; three daughters, Sandy Leis and her husband Bill of Buffalo, Jeannie Fitch and her husband Buck of Riggins, Idaho and Bonnie Klasinski and her husband John of Buffalo; two brothers Ralph Buell of Cheyenne and Eldon Buell of Sheridan; thirteen grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents four brothers and two sisters.