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Charles Kendrick Hail

February 14, 1948 ~ November 13, 2019 (age 71)


After 20 years of adventures with his life partner, Charles K. Hail, 71, of Helena, began his new adventure alone November 13, 2019. A Celebration of Charlie’s life will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Staggering Ox, 400 Euclid Avenue, Helena, MT.

Charlie was born in Celina, OH to Jean (Ferris) Hail and William Hail. He attended St. Mary’s Memorial

High School, St. Mary’s, OH, Miami University, Oxford, OH and U of M School of Law, Missoula, MT.

Anyone that knew Charlie knows he lived his life to the very fullest and enjoyed every moment of

every day of his life. He began his journey in Ohio, but the mountains called out to him and he never

looked back.

Charlie had several careers, but the most fulfilling was an attorney. He worked for the Montana State

Department of Labor and Industry and spent 21 years with the VA Montana at Ft. Harrison, MT. He gave

so much of himself to Pro Bono work for Montana Legal Services all during his working years and into

retirement. Many veterans, and folks needing a family law attorney are better off today because of


Charlie served two terms on the Helena School Board and was appointed Chairman. He was a big

brother for the Big Brothers and Sisters. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Kay

McKenna Youth Foundation for the past 15 years, serving as President, Vice President and

Secretary. Helping children was his passion.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Vicki, his beloved son Travis (Jami), stepdaughter, Celena

Peterson-Wolfe WV, his stepson, Kris Peterson WI; 7 grandchildren; his younger brother, Mike; niece,

Alison and family and nephew, Ian GA,;his youngest brother, Bill (Bernice); nephew, Matt and family and

Niece, Elizabeth OH; brother-in-law, Lonnie Oakland (CJ); nephew, Hank and his family, Great Falls, MT; his mother-in-law, Velma Oakland, Great Falls, MT; several cousins and families in OH and hundreds of

friends. He never met a single person who didn’t soon call him friend.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his mother, Jean; stepfather, Maurice and father, Bill, OH.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Kay McKenna Youth Foundation, P.O. Box

1260, Helena, MT 59624 or to CASA.

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