Charles Volney Bahr passed away Dec. 27, 2017, at Hemet Valley Medical Center, Hemet, Calif.
Charles Volney Bahr was born July 27, 1942, in Gregory, S.D., to Volney and Zola Bahr, their first child of four. For the first five years of his life he was raised on the farm of Peter and Bertha Bahr, (Volney’s parents from which they retired). Volney then bought a farm of his own near Gann Valley, S.D., where the family resided for about six years. Volney then moved his family to Minnekahta, S.D., in March of 1953, operating a grocery store, gas station and cafe combination business, living upstairs of the building. On Sept. 23, 1953, the building caught fire, Volney dropped Charles and David (younger brother) out of the second story window of their bedroom to safety. Volney was rescued by neighbors, but Zola (Charles’s mother) and two younger sisters perished in the fire that completely destroyed their home.
After the fire, Volney moved into an apartment with Charles and David in Igloo, S.D., an ammunition dump site where Volney was employed. They only lived there for a year and moved into Hot Springs, S.D., and lived with Volney’s parents for about a year and half. Volney remarried in June 1955 to Ella Esther Rasmussen Graves and brought three of her children into the family, Iris, Donna and Larry.
Charles completed his elementary and high school education in Hot Springs, S.D., graduating in 1960. He then went on to the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont., and became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He obtained his bachelor of science degree in 1970 there after three years in the U.S. Army, as a helicopter pilot, with a tour in Viet Nam and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star, above other lesser medals and awards. He later earned a master’s of arts degree in human resources.
Upon getting his BS, he married Christine Sorenson, March 21, 1970, in Missoula, and to this union were born two daughters, Ariahn and Aubrey. About 1976, Christine and Charles were divorced, and he moved to California for a new job.
In southern California, Charles met Shelley Barlowe, and they married March 1, 1979; to this union were born Chelsea and Sarah. The family moved to Sacramento, Calif., for a new job for Charles, where they spent several years in the area, and then they sold their home and retired to Hemet, Calif.
Survivors include: his wife, Shelley; daughters: Ariahn (Matt) Knoedler; Aubrey (Brandon) Murray; Chelsea (Casey) Clayton;, Sarah (Roger) Montano; brother, David (JoAnn) Bahr; adopted brother Larry (Michelle) Bahr; many nephews, nieces; eight grandchildren; and many cousins and friends.
Preceding Charles in death: Zola Bahr (his mother); Katherine Ellen and Karen Zola Bahr (younger sisters); father, Volney Peter Bahr; grandparents, Robert and Margaret Knox, and Peter and Bertha Bahr, nephew David Robert Bahr Jr.; grand-nephew Bradley Allen Bahr; adopted sisters, Iris Warren and husband Robert, Donna Romey and husband John and numerous aunts and uncles.
Services for Charles were Jan. 12, 2018, with full military honors at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA 95620.
A memorial has been set up by the family, make your donations to: In Memory of Charles Bahr, Sigma Chi Building Foundation, Post Office Box 8873, Missoula, MT 59807. These donations are tax deductible.