Charles "Lindy" Doney
Born: Dec 26, 1927
Died: Dec 29, 2015
Charles “Lindy” Doney, born on December 26, 1927, to Julia Gardipee & Joe H. Doney in [Black Butte] Lewistown, Montana, went to be with the Lord and family on December 29th, 2015 at the Northern Montana Hospital in Havre. Wake services will be held on January 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the St. Paul’s Mission Rec. Center in Hays. Funeral services will be held on January 2, 2016 at 11:00 am at the St. Paul’s Mission in Hays. Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook. Lindy grew up on the Missouri River Breaks and Suction Creek, west of Hays. He went to Hays Public School and graduated from the 8th grade at St. Paul’s Mission.
When Charles Lindberg made his first solo flight, he sang a song “Lindy, Lindy, how I’d like to be like you”. Ambrose LaRoque used to sing the song to him. Charles’ neighbor Mrs. Mitsin sang the song to him also. She gave him the nickname “Lindy” after that song. The name stuck and he has been called Lindy ever since that time.
Lindy joined the Army and served during WWII. He was a “Paratrooper” and loved to jump out of those planes. He told many stories about his paratrooper activities in the Army.
Lindy married his sweetheart Irene Frances Talks Different on October 1, 1949. They were married for 66 years, 2 months, and 28 days until his passing. They had fourteen children: ten boys & four girls.
Lindy was a carpenter, a mason, an electrician, and he really loved working with wood and made playhouses, gun cases, sewing kits, picture frames, dressers, and bookshelves.
Lindy and Irene lived at the Mission Area before they moved to Old Hays where he built his family a house that stood for many years before they moved into their new HUD home in the late 1970’s.
Lindy worked on many houses throughout Fort Belknap as a carpenter, electrician, and plumber. He also worked in the sugar beet factory, the Airbase in Glasgow before is shut down, and he worked on sheep and cattle ranches.
He is survived by the “Love of his Life” Irene and eleven of their fourteen children. Mike Talks Different, Eddio (Julia) Doney, Charlene Foreman, Lila (Skip) Snell, Alvin Doney, Curtis (Georgian) Doney, Dean (Pat) Doney, Kathleen (Darby) Turntoes, Clinton (Cathy) Doney, David (Brenda) Doney, and Reva (Andrew) Sears, and adopted children Chester Hawley and Darwin Longfox,
Lindy was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, his sisters, his sons Orville Wayne Doney, Ronald “Super” Doney and Sherman “Jonner” Talks Different.
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