Charles J Heit
Charles J Heit, 70, of Great Falls, MT, formerly of Arkansaw, WI passed away February 17, 2021 at Benefis Hospital Great Falls MT. Charles was born to Ralph and Irene Heit on December 10, 1950. Charles graduated from Arkansaw High School in 1968. After graduating Charles attended UW Madison for one year before being drafted into the Army. Charles served his country as a medic in the Vietnam War. Charles earned a Bronze Star for his actions on the field when his platoon went under fire. Being a conscientious objector, Charles went into enemy fire without a weapon to save wounded soldiers. Charles served his two years and later on in MT, he rejoined the military and served with the MT Army and MT Air National Guard. He retired as Master Sergeant.
After returning from Vietnam, Charles started his Radio/TV career by attending Brown Institute for Broadcasting in Mpls, MN. After graduating from Brown he started working at WRDN, Durand WI. He did a short stint and moved to Hardin, MT radio station. Another short stint and off to KNUJ New ULM MN radio. The German music was great, lots of Polkas. It was now time for the big move, KEIN and KMON radio in Great Falls, MT. After a few years he took a job at KFBB TV, Great Falls to do the weather. He loved the camera. Charles became one of Montana's famous weathermen. In 2008 Charles was recognized across the State when he was named Weatherman of the year from the Montana Broadcasters Association. Charles loved radio and WCCO was at the top of his list. He could pull the station in at night in Montana at his home.
Charles married Cheri Sem in 1975 and were blessed with one son Adam and later divorced.
Charles later met his soulmate Missy Elmore, at the radio station. They were married July 29,1988.
Charles leaves behind his wife, Missy[Michelle], son Adam[Hazel] Heit of Billings, MT, step son Josh[Cami] Elmore of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and one granddaughter, Kinsley Heit, and two step grandsons, Ethan and Maxwell Elmore. He is further survived by siblings, Ed[Dixie] Heit, and Lorraine Koller of River Falls, WI, Darlene[Ron] Huppert of Arkansaw, WI and Jim[Lolly] Heit of Blaine, MN. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, brother Don Heit and brother in-law Cletus Koller.
Charles will be deeply missed by family and friends. Heaven just got the best weatherman ever. I hope the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Funeral services at a later date. Burial in Veterans Cemetery Helena, MT. Schnider Funeral Home of Great falls MT is assisting the family.