August 13, 1932 – May 8, 2022
In loving memory ~
Charlie was born August 13, 1932 in Fresno, California to Charles and Margaret Strother Brous. He passed away May 8, 2022 in Williams Lake, BC.
After spending his school days in Raymond, California, Charlie began his long career working with cattle and horses. Learning the ropes as a young cowboy Charlie transferred his skills in the early 1950’s to supplying high Sierra camps travelling with a mule string in Yosemite National Park.
He married Ruth Peterson from Mariposa, California in 1956 and moved to Golconda, Nevada to manage a ranch. Three children, Pam, Charles and Steve were born. A big move took the family to Canada in 1962 when they purchased the Sutton Ranch on Borland Creek in 150 Mile House with Charlie’s Mom and Dad. To keep money flowing, Charlie hauled cattle for Jim Symes, drove his logging truck, worked with Williamson Blacktop and operated a cat for Larry Patenaude at 153 Mile Contracting. He kept his Class 1 driver’s certification until he was 81 years old.
Charlie obtained his pilot’s licence and flew his own Cessna 172 for a number of years.
Team roping was a passion. Charlie worked to form the Interior Rodeo Association travelling to as many rodeos as possible between ranching chores. He was inducted into the Competitive Cowboy category of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2018.
In 1990 Charlie met Lynda Archibald and “semi retired” to their property in the Soda Creek area where all those valuable skills were put to work. They operated a garden and apple orchard at Fraserbench Farm.
Left behind with Charlie’s passing are his sister Sidney Albach (Roger) in Texas; children Pam (Gerry), Charles (Arlene), and Steve; Ruth, mother of his children; Lynda, his wife, and her daughter Norma (Rory). There are eleven children and 17 grandchildren.
A celebration of Charlie’s life is planned on what would have been his 90th birthday, August 13, 2022 at his home at Soda Creek.
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