Ottertail Country

Ottertail Country
Ottertail South

January 25, 2009

Just saying 'Good bye'.

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We said goodbye to one of our good friends last Friday. Charlie Hueckman was killed in a logging accident on January 11, and there was a memorial service on the 24th. Chuck was a year younger than me and was Ivan's best hunting, fishing and 'just about everything else' buddy.


This is what Chuck liked to do, cut trees and pull those logs out of the woods. This is during one of three logging operations we did together over the last several years.


Below are a bunch of pix of Chuck helping on the garage project. Alot of these photos need to be 'double clicked' for a good view.



















Chuck loved hunting and he went to Idaho every year for the last 18 years to hunt Elk with his bow. He met up with his good friends Andy and Rick Wilund to spend a week or two camping and hunting in the mountains. A couple of years ago he got a real nice one.

Below are some views of Chuck relaxing at our garage party a couple of years ago.













Chuck really enjoyed operating machinery. He had two kinds of skidders and he had an arrangement with Kenny Pearson to rent Kenny's bulldozers. Chuck did some 'stumping' and leveling at the Ottertail on a couple of occasions.









Chuck also spent some time helping on the Taj Mashack, the Lord and Fisher hunting lodge.


















This was a common pairing since about 2001, when Ivan discovered fishing from kayaks. He and Chuck spent countless hours prowling the shorelines of Cranberry Lake. Between these two a lot of fish went from lake to frying pan.




So long, buddy.... I wish I would have connected with you a lot sooner, but spending time with you these last 7-8 years was a distinct pleasure. You'll be well remembered......



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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that this happened to Chuck Hueckman. I know these are difficult times for his friends, for example, Gene and Ivan. Time heals and you have so many wonderful memories to hold on to.

Lucy C.

Anonymous said...

Bye Chuck - you will be missed!

KLS

Anonymous said...

LOVE YA BUDDY!!!!

s.d.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Carlo, you are the best, or damn close to it!!!!

yram said...

So sorry to hear about your friend. Sure never know what each moment will bring...

kate said...

I am so sorry that you lost your friend - and what a friend he must have been. Life certainly presents us with the sublime to the tragic. It is odd how the sublime fills our hearts with joy and gratitude and the other leaves such seemingly gaping holes in our hearts and in our lives. Hold your memories dear because in the end that is all we have. I love you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Chuck, I just wanted you to know that you are will always be with me, thanks for all the WONDERFUL adventures we spent together, I guess some people would probably call them ordeals or fiascos, and perhaps we would too! Thanks again friend.
LOVE YA.
P.s. Thanks for all you do Carlo, your the best dude!!!
Ivan

Anonymous said...

Hey Chuck, I just wanted you to know that you are will always be with me, thanks for all the WONDERFUL adventures we spent together, I guess some people would probably call them ordeals or fiascos, and perhaps we would too! Thanks again friend.
LOVE YA.
P.s. Thanks for all you do Carlo, your the best dude!!!
Ivan